The Government of India has given an ‘in principle’ clearance to the BCCI to take the IPL 2020 to the UAE. A BCCI source has confirmed that they are expecting a written approval in the coming days. IPL franchises have already started the process of quarantine and COVID-19 testing protocols for the players and the support staff.
The Indian Premier League will be played in UAE amid the Coronavirus pandemic and will be held in three venues Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from September 19 to November 10 amid COVID-19 protocols laid down by the ICC and BCCI.
The BCCI has laid its protocol that Indian players need to test negative five times prior to their training in UAE and will be subsequently tested for coronavirus in every five days during the IPL.
The 8 Franchises Will Be Leaving Base After August 20 As Mandated By The BCCI
The BCCI has made it mandatory for the franchises to leave their bases after 20th of August.
Chennai Super Kings are set to leave on August 22. The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have quarantined their Indian players at their base. Some franchises are preferring to get their players and staff tested in their respective cities before calling them to their bases.
“It’s always good if they have a PCR-Test done and land with a negative report. Then they can have two tests done 24 hours apart as the BCCI SOP mentions before we fly to the UAE,” a senior franchise official said on conditions of anonymity.
“While two tests are mandatory, most franchises will have at least four tests done before leaving India,” he added.
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. 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.
Franchises are booking resorts, hotels and private properties for their accommodation. They will also make sure to increase their staff to avoid any risk whatsoever. While the squad strength, in terms of players, is restricted to 24, the BCCI has not put a cap on support staff.