As Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL 2020) is set to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit head Ajit Singh opines that it will become easier for them to monitor the whole event because only three venues are being proposed to host the tournament.
Earlier this week, the BCCI announced that the commencement of IPL from 19 September behind closed doors amid the pandemic. The grand finale of the much-awaited cash-rich tournament will be played on 8th November (before the Diwali Week).
For the safety purpose, three stadiums have been selected — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi — for hosting the 60 games over 51 days.
It will be slightly easier in UAE: Ajit Singh
In India, IPL is generally hosted in eight venues, considering the home town of eight franchises but the ongoing pandemic has forced hosting the league in three venues. So, Ajit Singh believes that the move will make monitoring the event “slightly easier”
“In the UAE, it will be slightly easier doing (monitoring ACU activity) as there are only three grounds compared to eight venues in India. That’s not an issue at all. Once the schedule comes, we will decide the workforce,” Singh told PTI during an interaction.
Anit-Corruption unit will be increased according to bio-secure protocols:
The players will be kept under bio-secure bubbles which means no outsider will be allowed to meet players and staff members participating in the cash-rich league. So, Ajit Singh said that the unit’s strength will be increased according to the safety protocols.
Singh said currently, there are “eight ACU officers who are on BCCI payrolls”.
“It’s too early to comment on measures as we need to first check what kind of bio-security measures will be created. We first need to see how things are taking shape there and we will deploy our men accordingly,” Singh said.
“In case, we need men, we will hire them,” he added.
“It is the BCCI that will designate one Integrity officer per team during the course of the IPL. Now whether they will be a part of the bio-bubble (if created), we don’t know, but the Integrity officer is completely their domain,” a senior franchise official clarified the rules.