It is reported that Dubai, Dharamshala, and Ahmedabad are the three options for India’s training camp whereas UAE is ahead in the race to host the IPL. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier stated that there fewer chances of any training camp before August. With coronavirus cases increasing at a rapid speed in India, there are now good chances that the training camp will take place overseas.
Furthermore, it is reported that the UAE has a higher chance of hosting the Indian Premier League. Ganguly had said that the first priority would be to host the IPL in India as it would be expensive to take the tournament to overseas shores. Consequently, if the IPL is going to be played in the UAE, it would make sense to host the training camp in Dubai as the players would be able to get acclimatize to the conditions.
India could train in Dubai
In fact, the Indian board will also need permission from the government to host the IPL in India but they are unlikely to get a green signal. On the other hand, Dharamshala could also be a good venue for a national training camp as the number of cases is low there or the renovated Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is also a possibility.
“If the IPL is held in the UAE, then it only makes sense the Indian cricketers train there before the tournament. They have a good infrastructure in place. UAE is the most likely choice for the IPL with India getting increasingly unsafe (due to COVID-19),” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“The other likely options are training camp in either Dharamsala or Ahmedabad (at the renovated Motera Stadium) with a bio-bubble in place. But the cases continue to increase in India, so UAE will be the safest option,” the official added.
The Indian board is facing a tricky situation during the health crisis and it won’t be easy to organize. Everything has to be perfect and there is no scope of negligence from any corner. Thus, BCCI will need to tick the right boxes.
The ICC is also expected to postpone the T20 World Cup soon and that would give a clear picture to the Indian board to plan ahead for the lucrative IPL.