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.
The postponing of T20 World cup which was scheduled to begin in October gave the BCCI a window to finally conduct the IPL 2020. Without wasting any time the BCCI sent a ‘Letter of Intent’ to Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), which had already shown interest in hosting the event and hence made it possible.
IPL 2020: Teams suggesting players undergo a Covid-19 test in the hometowns as well –
The SOP had mentioned the players and staff to go through the corona test twice before flying to the UAE. The franchises are putting extra efforts for the safety and have asked the players to get tested in their respective locations too, before joining at the base.
“While two tests are mandatory, most franchises will have at least four tests done before leaving India,” he added.
PTI reported that the Chennai Super Kings are set to leave on August 22 and that Mumbai Indians have already quarantined their players.
IPL 2020: Families allowed to travel with the players and staff
The BCCI has allowed the players and support staff to take their families along on the condition that all of them remain in the bio-bubble. BCCI has restricted the squad strength to 24 players, however, there is no cap on support staff
“A couple of franchises will be taking up to 60 people, including full-fledged medical teams for daily health check-ups and the mandated COVID-19 testing of players every fifth day,” PTI reported.
The players and staff, however, aren’t as keen about the idea because of the strict quarantine protocols. Also, taking kids who are at high risk of the disease would be refrained by them because of the risk involved. While the squad strength, in terms of players, is restricted to 24, the BCCI has not put a cap on support staff.