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IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

IPL 2021: The UAE Government Would Allow 60 Percent Attendance For 2nd Phase Of IPL 2021 At UAE

IPL 2021 received a big boost when the UAE government decided to allow 60 percent attendance at the stadiums for the second phase of the IPL 2021. This decision was taken after thorough consultations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), as per the reports in the Telegraph.

Earlier, when the BCCI hosted the IPL 2021 in India before it got indefinitely postponed due to a bio-bubble breach, where no crowds were allowed at the venues, keeping the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

The Emirates Cricket Board are closely working the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.
The Emirates Cricket Board is closely working with the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: The UAE Government’s Decision To Allow 60 Percent Attendance Will Come As A Massive Boost For Players Playing IPL 2021

Likewise, no spectators were allowed to watch the games live during IPL 2020, when the entire tournament was played in the UAE. With 60 percent of the audience turning up at the stadiums, it will be a massive boost for the players while playing the IPL matches.

The BCCI had announced the entire schedule of the remainder of IPL 2021 last month. According to it, in the span of over 27 days, a total of 31 matches will be played.  Amit Mishra(DC), Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy(KKR), and Wriddhiman Saha(SRH) contracted the virus. Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey and bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji had also contracted the virus in India which led to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)

The second phase of IPL 2021 will commence on September 19 with a game between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai. A total of 31 games, including the playoffs, will be played in this phase of the tournament. It will come to a close with the final on October 15. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah are the three venues shortlisted to host the remaining IPL 2021 matches.

CSK and MI Are The First 2 Teams To Reach The UAE

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL

Before the IPL 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to rising COVID-19 cases within the franchises, the Delhi Capitals (DC) were at the top of the table with 12 points (six wins in eight matches). CSK and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were second and third with five wins from seven games, while MI was fourth with four wins in seven matches.

The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Punjab Kings (PBKS) have won three games each out of seven and eight matches, respectively. Kolkata Knight Riders won just two games out of seven, while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) got over the line only once in seven appearances and is at the bottom of the points table.

NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)

Trent Boult Set To Miss Upcoming Two-Test Series Against England

Trent Boult is set to miss the upcoming Test series against England and New Zealand management hopes the experienced paceman will be fresh and ready to go for the inaugural World Test Championship final.

The left-arm seamer will miss this week’s first Test at Lord’s as a result of being given family leave in New Zealand after returning home following the coronavirus-enforced postponement of the Indian Premier League earlier in May.

Trent Boult will certainly miss the first Test against England next month Getty Images
Trent Boult will certainly miss the first Test against England next month Getty Images

Trent Boult Is Unlikely To Play 2 Tests Against England: Gary Stead

But Trent Boult will only arrive in the UK on Friday and the priority for the Blackcaps would be to make sure he is ready to play against India in the World Test Championship final against India at Southampton as of June 18, rather than have him play the second Test with England the week before.

“I don’t think you’ll see Trent in the two-Test matches here,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead told reporters on Monday.

“He arrives on Friday, our planning and what we’re looking at doing with Trent is having him ready for the World Test Championship final. He’s been home, he has had a week of bowling over there which has been great after the fair amount of isolation time at the end of the IPL,” he added.
Trent Boult. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Trent Boult. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
“But our view with Trent right now is it’s unlikely that he will play the Test at Edgbaston. And he’s more likely to be just available for the one-off Test.”
Trent Boult, along with New Zealand trainer Chris Donaldson, who has been with the Kolkata Knight Riders, will spend about a week with their families after undergoing the mandatory two weeks in managed isolation on their return before joining the Test squad in England.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said that the pacer was unlikely to feature in the 2nd Test against England at Edgbaston before the WTC final, although he himself suggested he had not completely ruled out hope of making an appearance in the 2nd Test.
Earlier, the Mumbai Indians pace spearhead has said he would love to play the remaining matches of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. He picked as many as 25 scalps in only 15 games averaging 18.28 in IPL 2020 at UAE and picked 8 scalps in 7 games in IPL 2021 averaging 27.87 before its suspension.

Trent Boult Is Getting Used To The Dukes Ball For WTC Final

Had the IPL run its full course, Trent Boult would likely have been unavailable for the first Test at Lord’s which starts on June 2 and it may have been tight for the second Test due to quarantine requirements.
Trent Boult is likely to miss both Tests against England before playing the WTC final against India Getty Images
Trent Boult is likely to miss both Tests against England before playing the WTC final against India Getty Images

Trent Boult prepares to travel to England to join his teammates ahead of the World Test Championship final against India later this month. The NZ pacer, who has 281 Test wickets at 28.02, has been getting used to the Dukes’ ball that will be used for the WTC final in Southampton and is excited about what it could offer him. His previous four Tests in England have brought him 21 wickets at 23.14.

Deepak Chahar, Twitter @BCCI
Deepak Chahar, Twitter @BCCI

Deepak Chahar Recalled Tough Time Experienced By CSK In IPL 2020 At UAE

Deepak Chahar, CSK pacer recalled the dismal season last year and spoke about the tough time they had experienced in IPL 2020, in a recent interview with Sportskeeda.

CSK failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in the history of the tournament in IPL 2020. Chennai Super Kings though performed brilliantly in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The MS Dhoni-led side finished second on the points table with 5 wins from 7 seven games before the tournament came to an abrupt halt.

Deepak Chahar and MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings.(AP)
Deepak Chahar and MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings. (AP)

Deepak Chahar: Situation Before The Start Of The IPL 2020 Was Really Bad For CSK

It was a stunning comeback from Chennai after what they went through last year in the UAE. IPL 2020 will go down in the history as the worst season for MS Dhoni-led CSK. The three-time champions looked like minnows in a big pool of cricket giants. They struggled to get runs, bowl well, and overall, they found it difficult to win matches. As a result, they failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in the history of the tournament.

“The situation before the start of the IPL 2020 season was really bad for us. There are a lot of players in our squad who don’t play regularly and hence we needed practice. We wanted to go to Dubai early but couldn’t get permission. So, we put a small 5–6-day camp in Chennai,” said Deepak Chahar who picked 20 scalps(12 and 8) in last 2 seasons.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I was then tested COVID positive and had to quarantine myself for 16-17 days. Ruturaj Gaikwad also tested positive and had to quarantine himself for 28 days. If you are a bowler and you have had COVID-19 then it is really difficult to recover within 20-25 days and get back to your best,” Deepak Chahar was quoted as saying.

Having performed well in India’s domestic cricket, 23-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad was expected to have a good outing for CSK but he managed to score just 5 runs which included two ducks leading to his axe. After being recalled later, Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a hat-trick of half-centuries in the last three games to amass 204 runs averaging 51 in 6 games. He scored unbeaten 65, 72 and unbeaten 62 as CSK won the last 3 games but finished 7th in IPL 2020.

Deepak Chahar: Suresh Raina’s Absence Weakened CSK’s Batting

A couple of senior CSK players – Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh (now with KKR) – had pulled out of the tournament citing personal reasons. Their absence, especially, Suresh Raina not being with the team affected CSK’s batting a big time. Deepak Chahar said that Suresh Raina’s return helped it find balance in the tournament which led to their improved performance in IPL 2021.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Even Raina Bhai wasn’t there and his absence did weaken our batting. His absence affected the balance of the squad, something which was restored in the IPL 2021 season when he returned,” Chahar said.

The inclusion of Moeen Ali and the stability in their batting order played a massive role in CSK’s revival in IPL 2021. As both Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu hadn’t played any competitive cricket before the IPL 2021, MS Dhoni went with Moeen Ali at No.3. The move paid off well as the English all-rounder amassed 206 runs at an average of 34.33 and a strike rate of 157.25.

Faf du Plessis continued from where he left in the UAE in 2020 scoring 320 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 145.45 including 4 fifties. The platform laid by him and opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (196 runs at a strike rate of 128.94) eased the pressure on the middle order and went a long way enabling CSK to put up massive totals. Ambati Rayudu-136 runs, Ravindra Jadeja-131 runs, Suresh Raina-123 runs also were among runs.

The Dubai International Stadium. - BCCI/IPL
The Dubai International Stadium. - BCCI/IPL

BCCI During Its SGM Formally Decides The Unfinished Part Of IPL 2021 Will Be At UAE

BCCI during its Special General Meeting, formally decided that the unfinished part of the Indian Premier League 2021 will be held in the United Arab Emirates.

The move to stage the IPL in the UAE was largely expected. As reported earlier, the BCCI has already had an informal agreement with the Emirates Cricket Board. The remainder of IPL 2021 has been moved to the UAE and BCCI has earmarked a window in September and October this year to conduct the matches.

BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI

BCCI Formally Decides To Stage The Remainder Of IPL 2021 In UAE

The formal decision was taken on Saturday (May 29) to move the remainder of IPL 2021 to the UAE – in view of the bad weather (monsoon) in India around September-October, when it wants to host the remaining 31 IPL games.

The biggest obstacle to host the tournament will be the non-availability of overseas players, and the Indian board has decided that the franchises will be told to take replacements, both from India and overseas, to refurbish their line-ups. England and Wales Cricket Board has already stated that it won’t release its players for the unfinished part of IPL while Cricket Australia is yet to come out with its position on the matter. A meeting with the IPL franchises will happen at some stage.

IPL Trophy.
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The spike of positive cases in the bio-bubble had already resulted in the postponement of two IPL games. Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier (both KKR), Laxmipathy Balaji, Michael Hussey (both CSK coaches), Amit Mishra (Delhi), and Wriddiman Saha (Hyderabad) tested positive during IPL 2021 prompting organizers to indefinitely postpone IPL after 29 matches were held.

Later KKR’s Tim Seifert and Prasidh Krishna also tasted positive but all of them have hence recovered. Last year, the BCCI hosted the entire edition of the cash-rich tournament successfully in the Middle East, across three venues – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.

BCCI Seekd Time Till 1st Week Of July From ICC For Decision To Stage T20I World Cup In India

The board also decided to seek time till the first week of July from the International Cricket Council for a decision on staging the T20 World Cup in India. The ICC has slated its meeting on June 1 to decide on the matter, but the world body may have to defer the decision on moving the October 18-November 15 tournament out of India in view of the BCCI’s request. The BCCI thinks that it will explore all possibilities to host it in India itself.

During the meeting, it was also decided that the BCCI will pursue talks with the government over tax concession for the upcoming T20I World Cup, and it was calculated that the BCCI will have a liability of INR 900 crores if it failed to get the exemption. Considering the financial liability and the constantly evolving grieve Covid-19 situation in the country, the BCCI will take a call on staging the T20 World Cup. For the time being, it would tell the ICC to grant another month’s time.

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter

Meanwhile, the issue regarding payments to domestic players, who were supposed to be compensated after several tournaments were not hosted, and was not discussed in the SGM. One of the associations even raised this issue for discussion but was turned down by Sourav Ganguly and Rajeev Shukla, stating that it was not a part of the agenda.

The meeting was also a huge assertion for Mohammed Azharuddin, who was allowed to attend it ahead of Shivlal Yadav, who in turn was nominated in a faction-ridden Annual General Meeting of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. The meeting, held virtually, decided to allow Mohammed Azharuddin after the legal department of the BCCI concluded that the claim of the former India captain is genuine.

Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council
Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council

ICC Puts The UAE As Standby Venue For The 2021 T20I World Cup

ICC has reportedly put UAE as the venue for this year’s T20 World Cup on standby, seeing India witnessed an unprecedented Covid-19 surge.

The rising Covid-19 cases in India could jeopardize the country’s hopes of hosting the T20 World Cup this year. While questions have been raised over the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s decision to continue organizing the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 amid an unprecedented rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, doubts over the T20 World Cup happening this year in India have also started to emerge.

IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

ICC Puts UAE On Standby In Case India Can’t Organize T20I World Cup Amidst Rising Covid-19 Cases

As per a report in Dailymail, the United Arab Emirates has been put on standby by ICC as the venue for this year’s T20 World Cup in a scenario where the current covid-19 situation in India makes organizing the tournament in the country difficult. Although the showpiece event is almost about 6 months away, the ICC is preparing itself for all possible scenarios.

T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The T20 World Cup was supposed to happen last year in Australia but was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak worldwide. The second wave of the virus, however, is causing utter chaos in India, with the country reporting over 3,50,000 cases on a daily basis.

UAE Has Less Population And BCCI Has A Good Rapport With Emirates Cricket Board While Hosting IPL 2020 There

UAE has a considerably less population when compared to India which makes organizing a tournament of the magnitude of the T20 World Cup amid Covid fairly convenient. The BCCI has a good rapport with the Emirates Cricket Board, having also held the 2020 edition of IPL in UAE across three venues.

Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi was one of the 3 venues in IPL 2020
Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi was one of the 3 venues in IPL 2020 SHEIKH ZAYED STADIUM, ABU DHABI – TWITTER /JAY SHAH

The board decided to organize the 2021 edition of the IPL in India after the Covid surge had calmed down to a large extent. However, just days before the tournament began, the country was struck by the second wave of the virus, the result of which has so far been devastating.

India had proposed 9 venues for the T20 World Cup this year. An ICC delegation is also currently in the country for the same. The BCCI intends to hold the final of the T20 World Cup at the Motera Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium, where a few international and IPL matches have already been held.

India was confirmed as the hosts for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. On the other hand, Australia will host the marquee event in 2022.

The T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18, 2020, was postponed in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making way for the cash-rich IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates. The T20 World Cup in 2021 will be the seventh edition of the tournament and the first since 2016.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ruturaj Gaikwad Credits Comeback In Last 3 IPL Games To CSK’s Atmosphere

Ruturaj Gaikwad, promising Chennai Super Kings batsman recalled how he overcame his early struggles in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 where he scored just 5 runs in the first three games.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a forgettable campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, but by the end of the tournament, after finishing 7th in the points table, they had found a new star in young Ruturaj Gaikwad who produced a commendable fightback after initially struggling in the first three matches.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, atmosphere, IPL
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ruturaj Gaikwad: CSK Have Calm And Cool Minded People Around Which Helped To Focus On Process

Having performed well in India’s domestic cricket, where he averages around 38 in 1st class and 49 in List A, 23-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad was expected to have a good outing for CSK but things did not go as per expected plan in the first three matches where he managed to score just 5 runs which included two ducks leading to his axe.

However, as MS Dhoni-led CSK batsmen failed to perform up to expectations and they were the first team to be eliminated, the skipper recalled Ruturaj Gaikwad in the playing XI – a move which paid rich dividends for the three-time IPL winners as he rediscovered his form.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, atmosphere, IPL
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

It was an excellent turnaround by Ruturaj Gaikwad who repaid the team management’s faith as CSK also went on to win all the three matches where he scored half-centuries. In a Q&A session on Instagram, he was asked how did he manage to overcome his early failure in UAE.

“A lot matters on team atmosphere and how all the members in the team react to your failures…And I think CSK is one of the best in that and having everyone calm and cool minded around helped me focus more on my process..!” Gaikwad wrote in response to a query on Instagram.

Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a hat-trick of half-centuries in the last three games to amass 204 runs averaging 51 in 6 games after scoring 5 runs in first 3 outings. He scored unbeaten 65, 72 and unbeaten 62 as CSK won the last 3 games but finished 7th.

Ruturaj Gaikwad Was Motivated By MS Dhoni Who Said CSK Will Not Pressurize But Have Expectations From The Opener

In an interview with Sportstar, Ruturaj Gaikwad had revealed how a chat with skipper MS Dhoni also helped him regain his focus and motivated him.

“Dhoni walked up to me and asked me if I was under pressure. He said, ‘We don’t want to pressurize you, but we have expectations from you. All I want to tell you is you are going to play the next three games without any doubt, whether you score a run or not. Try and enjoy these games and not think about performance,” Gaikwad recalled.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, atmosphere, IPL
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

CSK skipper MS Dhoni had also heaped rich praise on Ruturaj Gaikwad saying it was difficult to gauge the talent of the batsman as he didn’t speak much.

“He’s one of the most talented players around. What makes it difficult is he’s not somebody who speaks a lot. So sometimes it becomes difficult for the management to gauge a player. Once he started going in the innings, you could see that he was hitting the ball the way he wants.

“When we made him play the first game, he got out after stepping out. It was difficult to tell whether it was pressure that made him step out or whether that’s his natural game. One ball isn’t enough,” Dhoni said.

Ruturaj Gaikwad was also one of the two CSK players who tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the tournament. Deepak Chahar was the other player but both recovered and played their part in IPL 2020.

Aakash Chopra, MS Dhoni
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Google)

IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra Sees Mumbai Indians As ‘Biggest Threat’ For Chennai Super Kings

Cricketer-turned-commentator from India, Aakash Chopra during his SWOT analysis maintained that four-time IPL champions – Mumbai Indians stand as the major threat for MS Dhoni-led side in the upcoming edition of IPL. Chopra added that there are not many threats to talk about, but some areas might be a cause of concern including injuries.

Considering the record of their matches, Indians had always a better hand on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since the beginning of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Over the years, Chennai hand found things tough to tackle Rohit Sharma-led side. Former Indian batsman further stated that CSK have faltered to overcome Indians most of the times.

Mumbai Indians always got the better of Chennai Super Kings: Aakash Chopra

Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, IPL 2019, IPL 2019 Final
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: IPL)

Personally, the 42-year-old Chopra had observed that the Yellow Army had somewhat struggled in the precarious situations against Indians.

On picking Indians as one such team which stands out as best against Chennai, Chopra reiterated that CSK team has not been able to exhibit what they could have had against the Mumbai-based franchise.

“Talking about the threats, they have Mumbai Indians as their biggest threat. If you see the history of the IPL, this is one team against whom they have not been able to display their magic. They tend to lose to the Mumbai Indians,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

Given to the statistics, Mumbai had a wood over Chennai with saw them winning 17 whereas, CSK managed to bag 11 victories. Thus, it stands as the worst record for CSK against any of the teams in the lucrative league.

While speaking about further weaknesses of the CSK, Chopra feels that some top players lack match practice given to their unavailability in the competitive leg. Also, he believes CSK lack in having match-winners, and some of the players might not even get a game.

“We have seen with Shane Watson last year, that he had difficulties because of not having played continuously. Now along with him, MS Dhoni has not played for a long time, Rayudu, Vijay, Kedar Jadhav. If you are away from cricket for a long time, then it eventually shows up. So this could be a problem or a weakness.

“There are some players in the team whom you may not be able to play because they do not have match-winners beyond their top 15-16 players,” Aakash Chopra stated.

CSK would not want injuries: Aakash Chopra

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings Photo by Sandeep Shetty /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Besides, speaking about the slow UAE pitches, Chopra cites the hot and humid conditions as another threat to CSK.  He believes CSK lacks flexibility given the options despite having veteran Dhoni at the helm of affairs.

“One more thing is that, it is going to be extremely hot in the UAE. That is another threat, because in that heat you would be playing back to back matches, the squad is very tight-knit, you don’t have too much manoeuvrability,” Chopra further said.

Furthermore, he maintained that CKS can’t afford injuries during this edition of the IPL.

“They should not have injuries as well because if the team is little old there is a danger of injuries, which could be a slight problem. But then as we say, Dhoni is there to manage everything,” Aakash Chopra concluded.

Chennai Super Kings will play lung-opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 19 at Sheikh Zayed International Stadium.

Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2019, Dwayne Bravo
CSK fans Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

IPL 2020: Emirates Cricket Board Working Closely With Government To Have Fan Attendance

The IPL 2020 hosts, Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) are working closely to have expressed their desire to bring spectators to the stands. The COVID-19 hit phase of cricket has seen no audience in attendance yet. The ECB, however, think it may be possible and are working closely with the UAE government to bring the fans back to the stadium.

If they get an affirmative nod from the UAE government they will further inquire BCCI for their requirements . The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10 — a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively.

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We Want Sports-Loving Fans In The UAE To Be Able To Watch The Action From The Stands: ECB General Secretary

ECB General Secretary Mubashshir Usmani has confirmed that the board is working closely with the government for the approval of all the protocols — to be followed for the conduct of IPL 2020, which also includes fan attendance.

“As hosts, Emirates Cricket Board will work closely with the authorities to seek approval on what protocols need to be followed. This includes fan attendance, we will then discuss with the BCCI to assess their spectator requirements. We want our Asian diaspora, as well as the other expat and Emirati sports-loving fans in the UAE to be able to watch the action from the stands.” ECB General Secretary Mubashshir Usmani told Cricketnext

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Covid-19 Test Every 5 Days For Players

The BCCI has set protocols for the players and support staff’s safety that are needed to be followed strictly by everyone involved in the tournament. The players will be tested for COVID-19, every five days. The UAE government will be providing their set of protocols soon.

The BCCI has prepared an elaborate SOP for all franchises to ensure safety during the tournament. Players will be tested every fifth day during the IPL. During the first week in the UAE, the players and team officials will not be allowed to meet each other in the hotel and they can only do so after they test negative thrice.

“The UAE government too will provide the boards with a ‘UAE safety guidelines’. The authorities will provide both us and the BCCI with the UAE safety guidelines in a timely manner which the teams and officials will follow. The SOP surrounding the arrangements are currently being prepared by these experts and once the authorities provide us with the finalized guidelines we can implement.” he added.

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IPL (Credits: Twitter)

The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE.

The day matches will be played at 15:30 IST and the evening matches at 19:30 IST. 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.