The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises have been seeking clarification from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the traveling of the family members of the players to UAE and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) ahead of the 13th edition of IPL. The IPL will now be played from September 19-November 10 in the UAE.
Describing the same one of the sources of ANI said, “Some of the Franchises have shortlisted top hotels (mostly Dubai) and for travel, Charted flights are being booked and we are likely to travel to UAE after August 20. But we seek clarity on the travel of family members as few franchises are worried as it won’t be safe and they want written clarification from BCCI. We are looking to stay in Dubai and will fly after August 20.”
Earlier in the IPL’s GC meeting on Sunday, the comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were discussed including the agencies to execute and deliver a bio-secure environment for the safe and successful conduct of IPL 2020 Season. The IPL 2020 will be held across three venues in UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah).
The other concern of franchises will be how they will be managing to have a family for 53 days in a bio bubble and how safe will it be for them. Franchises have immense concerns about the stay of the family in the biosecure environment. The franchises also sought clarification on the repercussion a cricketer can face if a family member breaks the bio bubble protocol.
Explaining the same, one of the sources of ANI said, “BCCI may have left travel of family to us (franchises) but we can’t decide on it without understanding the SOP. Clarity is most important on this aspect and should be in written form BCCI. Franchises meeting is likely to be held in a couple of days in which these issues will be discussed but as of now no confirmation on meeting date is made yet.”
The IPL 2020 will run for 53 days, September 19 – November 10, in the UAE subject to clearance from the Indian government, announced the BCCI on Sunday.