After confirming the timeline for the IPL 2020, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked the franchises and other stakeholders to delay their travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a week. Now, the franchises want to travel to the UAE on 20th August 2020.
On last Sunday (2nd August), the IPL Governing Council has confirmed that the UAE will host the IPL 13 between 19th September and 10th November 2020. The matches will be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi subject to necessary clearances from the Government of India.
Even before this latest IPL GC meeting, the franchises were planning to land in the UAE inside the second week of August. The three-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) even reportedly planned to leave earlier than the other teams.
IPL 2020: The franchises want to travel to the UAE on 20th August 2020
However, the BCCI has advised the franchises to delay their travel to the UAE as they will now try to leave India on 20th August. The recent TOI report has claimed that this delay is possibly happening due to properly setting the Covid-19 protocols for the IPL 2020.
Also, all the franchises are likely to land in the UAE on the same day which can help to create a bubble from the airport to their respective hotels. Till the end of the IPL 13, everyone will have to strictly follow all the rules of the bi-secure bubble.
Team officials told TOI, “We see logic in BCCI’s decision. They have to put certain protocols in place and coordinate with the UAE government to ensure that they will be followed to the ‘T’. For instance, we’ll be travelling by road between cities – Dubai to Sharjah to Abu Dhabi. So, will we be checked at all departure and entry points? How will two franchises – who have their separate bio-secure bubbles – coordinate with each other’s protocols on match days? BCCI has a lot on its hands and they can expect our full cooperation.”
Family members are okay to travel
The franchises are likely to travel to the UAE with the big setup, including a maximum number of 24 players. The net bowlers, general physicians etc. are also in this extended list of the travelling members.
The family members can also travel to the UAE as long as they will be part of the same bio-secure bubble.
The sources claimed, “They (players) will be in complete isolation. It can be very depressing. Family members are okay to travel as long as they will be part of the same bio-secure bubble.”
According to the TOI report, the BCCI is also expecting to get the necessary clearances from the Government of India in the next two to three days.