IPL 2020: 7 things fans will miss in Indian Premier League in UAE this year

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally handed over the detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL 2020) to the franchises. As per the SOP’s franchises have been instructed primarily on 8 accounts relating to testing, accommodation, social distancing at ground and in hotels, appointment of team doctors and various other aspects. The BCCI has instructed the IPL franchises clearly to minimize the contact not only with the other franchises but also with-in the squads.

1st thing fans will miss 
No mascots, No handshakes

SOP: At the toss, electronic team sheets should be considered. No mascots should be present. Social distancing should be maintained. There should be no handshakes. Television camera operators must maintain their distance.

2nd thing fans will miss 
No fans on Stadium

SOP: BCCI is working with numerous agencies including the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), UAE authorities, medical experts, among others to look at conducting IPL 2020 behind closed doors. These guidelines may be amended from time to time as may be required depending on the existing COVID-19 situation in the country and the guidelines issued by the local health agencies and Government at appropriate times.

3rd thing fans will miss 

No dressing room Interviews

SOP: It is important for players and staff to socially distance while in the dressing room. The Bio-Secure Environment means only essential staff will be on site and no members of the public will be allowed. Therefore there will be more vacant areas at the stadium and hence the dressing room does not have to remain within the traditional area.
4th thing fans will miss 

Media conferences will happen remotely

SOP: No handshakes or any contact between teams. Minimal on-field media may be present for post-match presentations, but technology may allow remote interviewing.

5th thing fans will miss 

No Sharing  equipment

SOP: Players and staff should only use their own equipment and there should be no sharing.

6th thing fans will miss 

No Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta on the field

SOP: Any franchise team owner who breaches the Bio-Secure protocols will have to quarantine for 7 days and return two negative PCR tests on Day 6 and Day 7, to be allowed to re-enter the Bio-Secure Environment. If the franchise team owners are not a part of the Bio-Secure Environment created for the players and team support staff, we recommend that video and remote conference call technology be used for interaction between team owners and members of the team within the Bio-Security Environment. If the franchise team owners are not a part of the Bio-Secure Environment, they are not permitted to travel on the same vehicle carrying players and team support staff to the venues for training and matches.

7th thing fans will miss 

Families are not permitted to enter the PMOA and field of play

SOP: Families are not permitted to travel on the same vehicle carrying players and team support staff to the venues for training and matches. Families are not permitted to enter the PMOA and field of play at any time during training and matches. Any family member who breaches the Bio-Secure protocols will have to be quarantined for 7 days and return two negative PCR tests on Day 6 and Day 7, to be allowed to re-enter the Bio-Secure Environment.