The Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has prepared 240 pages Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for IPL 2020 in UAE. In the SOP, the board has mentioned the safety protocols in detail which the IPL franchises will have to follow for the player’s safety and creating a bio-secure bubble to stop the spread of the infectious coronavirus.
The league is scheduled to kick start from 19 September and the final is expected to be played on 8 November. But there are reports that the final might be postponed two days further. Notably, 60 matches, including 12 double-headers, will be played over 51 days in three venues-Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi.
According to India Today, SOP includes diagram and illustration to brief the franchise and players where they will stand at the opening ceremony to what’s the distance between them and the officials to how the presentation will be done after every match and at the end of the tournament.
Stricter protocols for the bio-secure bubble:
According to reports, the players will have to twice clear COVID-19 test before entering the bio-secure environment. They will neither be allowed to meet any outsider nor will move outside.
To create a standard SOP, BCCI has followed established global templates and have consulted multiple experts. Earlier, BCCI had shared the plans on travel and accommodation and revenue distribution.
BCCI likely to be given on SOP to franchise on August 2:
The franchise and broadcasters will have the meeting with the IPL Governing Council on the 2nd and 3rd of August. So, it is expected that the authorities will discuss SOP during that meeting. They can add their suggestions to the SOP and enhance security but cannot dilute it.
All the eight franchises will get a clear picture of the tournament’s modalities during the meeting.
Earlier, the league was scheduled on 29th March.