With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) re-scheduling the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in September-November in UAE behind the close doors, fans are excited to witness some top-notch matches after an extended break. But there is still a lot to be done. Amid the unprecedented situation, the franchises have an additional financial burden to create a bio-secure environment for the safety of the players.
As per safety rules in Dubai, the participating players and staff members will not have to follow the quarantine period if they are tested negative of the virus. However, IPL franchises are deemed to follow BCCI’s health guidelines.
Promotional money will be reserved for safety:
Since there will be no promotional activities, the franchise would reserve that money for other purposes, mainly for creating a safe environment. The Indian board has shared its basic plan for arranging the series in UAE. But the franchises are waiting for BCCI’s standard operating procedures (SOP) to finalise their plan.
Meanwhile, Some franchises are looking for a new set of sponsors after those who signed in February pulled out citing financial constraints.
Hotels booking for bio-secure environment:
BCCI has proposed that they would assist franchises for getting the hotels at discounted rates in UAE. The teams will be asked to stay at different hotels but it is understood that they might not be able to book an entire hotel.
So, they are planning to reserve some floors where access would be denied to any outsider.
With travel restrictions all around, the franchises will book charted plans. Some are planning to send players in two batches while some are planning to send everyone together.
According to The New Indian Express, a few franchises are planning to ask a private carrier to hire an Airbus 320 so that they can fly the players out in one go.
Well, BCCI has hosted IPL in a foreign land before but it will be a new experience altogether because of the involvement of unprecedented COVID-19.