The IPL Governing Council chairman announced through media on Friday that the IPL 2020 will be conducted in UAE from September 19th. But surprisingly, none of the principal stakeholders has been informed officially about the IPL 2020 till the time of this report was filed. Neither the broadcasters Star India, nor any of the IPL franchise or even the potential hosts of IPL 2020, the Emirates Cricket Board has been officially given any info about the 13th season of IPL 2020 and its schedule.
As InsideSport reached out to these stakeholders, none had any information from the BCCI or IPL GC, they admitted all the information about the season is coming from media itself.
“We have not got any official intimation about the IPL 2020 coming to UAE. Our last communication was when we pitched for IPL season in UAE. Post that BCCI has not communicated anything to us. But we are keeping ourselves ready”, said Mubasher Usmani, General Secretary of Emirates Cricket Board’s
“We have not been informed officially by BCCI as of now. Probably they are waiting for the clearances from the Government. Our info about IPL is coming from the media”, said one of the franchise official
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IPL 2020 : Broadcaster Star India also waiting for official confirmations
Along with the franchises and Emirates Cricket Board, the official broadcaster Star India is also waiting to hear officially from the Indian board about the exact timelines for IPL 2020. InsideSport has learnt from its sources in Star India that the broadcasters also are yet to be officially communicated about the IPL Schedules.
But be it the broadcasters, franchise or ECB – all have started gearing up for the IPL season but questions like logistics, standard operating procedures, exact schedules and various other details still stays pending.
According to the insiders in BCCI, all of these details will only come in first after the government approvals and second post the IPL GC meeting next week.
“Whole lot of questions still stay unanswered. We can throw light on them only after GC meeting. We are also waiting for the government permissions to come in”, said one of the senior BCCI official
IPL 2020 : BCCI officials likely to fly to UAE for recce in first week of August
Meanwhile after the IPL GC meeting next week, the board is planning to conduct a recce of the logistics, venues in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Board will send some of its officials to thoroughly examine the facilities and health safety protocols in UAE. With international flights non-operational, the BCCI may have to opt for a chartered aircraft to and from Dubai. Modalities are still being worked out.
According to a report in Telegraph, the recce team is expected to include officials of the BCCI and IPL governing council besides medical experts. Some of the franchise representatives could also be included.