The Indian Premier League (IPL) teams are planning to organize an 12-15 days training camp in Dubai before the IPL 2020 for their players. Most of the franchises InsideSport spoke to said, they are sure to hold training camps for their squad in Dubai. The proposed training camps will be scheduled around the 1st week of September. This means the plan to hold the national camp in Motera (Ahmedabad) for Virat Kohli’s Indian team will be now put on hold.
InsideSport reached out to BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal to check if the franchise camps will be given precedence over the national camp.
“Yes, we are aware some of the franchises will be organizing camps in Dubai. It is important, players have not played for so long. Before IPL 2020, they need to get back in the best possible shape. We will have no problems with these camps by the franchises”, said Dhumal.
But when asked, what about the training camp for the National team, BCCI official had this to say –
“We are still looking for the best possible solution. Nothing is finalized as such. In the coming days we will decide about it but one needs to understand time at hand is really very short”
IPL 2020 : IPL franchises to organize their training camps in Dubai
Meanwhile, be it the Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians or any other IPL team, they have started exploring feasibility of the training camp for their squad in Dubai. InsideSport spoke to 3 IPL franchises and all of them confirmed the training camp in UAE is must to get their squad ready for the IPL 2020.
“We are exploring to start our camp from 5th September in Dubai. We have also got in touch with our foreign players and all of them are comfortable with the idea to have a training camp in Dubai. That will be the best way to prepare ourselves for IPL 2020”, said IPL franchise official involved with the preparations.
“Players for every team will be short of practice. No matter which part of the world they will be coming from – they will not be in the best shape. Normally we organize our Pre-IPL camps in our franchise territory but in the current situation Dubai, Abu Dhabi will be the best place to have 2 week camp before the start of IPL”, said CEO of Northern India based franchise.
According to some of the franchise officials, ICC’S state of the art academy in Dubai will be the preferred choice for most of the franchises for their training camps. Once the IPL GC is done with, they will sought BCCI’S support in that regard.
IPL 2020 : No training camp for Virat Kohli and team before Australia tour ?
As the IPL franchises are committed to organize their respective training camps in UAE, the big question is will the national squad travel to Australia without any national training camp before such a big tour? When will the full Indian team get together and practice for the red ball cricket ?
India is schedule to play 4 match test series in Australia starting in December this year. The squad is likely to leave for Australia directly from Dubai and will spend two weeks in quarantine after reaching the Australian shores. In the current scenario that is the only time, Indian cricket team will get together to prepare for the tough Australian sojourn.