IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is likely to organise the training camp in early August ahead of the commencement of the league in the UAE from 19th September, provided it gets a go-ahead from the Indian government.
CSK was also the first franchise to organize the training camp when IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to start from 29th March before being called off due to the outbreak of the virus. That training camp was attended by MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu and some other CSK cricketers.
However, the final call on arranging the camp will be taken after the IPL Governing Council and franchise meeting on 2nd August (Sunday). In the meeting, the franchises would be briefed about the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which will have health and safety guidelines.
CSK players to arrive Chennai first:
According to ESPNCricinfo, the CSK players have been asked to arrive Chennai first following which they will be flown to UAE through chartered planes. They will have to also follow the social distancing and health guidelines.
As per reports, BCCI has drafted 240 long pages SOP which has diagram and illustration to brief the franchise and players on 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.
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.
Meanwhile, CSK skipper MS Dhoni would be playing a cricket match after one year. Since the end of the World Cup 2019, he was under sabbatical.
Imran Tahir and other proteas players, who are contracted with CSK, have been got NOC by the Cricket South Africa (CSA) to play the league in UAE.