On Wednesday, the eight IPL teams had an informal meeting via teleconference to discuss a player replacement, logistics and concerns over a title sponsor. The IPL governing council have still not scheduled a formal meeting with the franchises. However, the franchisees are happy with the government approval coming and they are quickening with all the logistical decisions — to leave for UAE after 20th of August as mandated by the BCCI.
The BCCI had announced this Thursday that Vivo had withdrawn from the title sponsorship of the IPL 2020, which is a worry for the organisers as well as the franchises whoa re provided with 50 per cent revenue from the title sponsorship. BCCI has sent proposals to various corporate giants offering them the title sponsorship.
Happy With The Government Approval Franchises Focus On Finishing The Planning
A franchise official let IANS know that they still don’t have a meeting scheduled with the IPL’s governing council, but they are content with the government approval coming and have started completing the demands of the operation.
“We have no word yet on meeting with the governing council, but happy to know that the approval has come in from the government. So, we are actually now looking at the logistics and finishing the planning part. We have started getting our visas done and all the hotels and travel agency bookings have also been done for when the team reaches UAE. Hopefully we will have a meeting soon to clear a few doubts that we have after going through the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) handed to us,” the official said.
IPL to begin from September 19 in the UAE
The IPL 2020 has an ‘in principle’ approval from the Government of India to the BCCI to host it in the UAE. BCCI had earlier this week sent the teams a 16 page long SOP (Scheduled Operation Procedures) to follow before and during the tournament.
The teams have already started quarantining players and initiating Coronavirus testing protocols- to comply with the rules.
The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE. The tournament was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation.