IPL 2020 : IPL Governing Council Members not on same page on organization of IPL 2020

This will surprise every Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) fan. It seems, the IPL Governing Council members are not on same page in regard to organization of IPL 2020. A day after IPL GC Chairman officially declared that the IPL 2020 is going to UAE, another member of GC has claimed that the world’s most lucrative cricket tournament can still be hosted in India. 

According to former India cricketer and GC member Surinder Khanna has claimed that still attempts are being made to host IPL in India in the window between Sep-Nov. In an interview to Cricket Addictor Khanna surprising claimed that first priority of BCCI is to host IPL in India. 

“IPL is a very popular tournament, one of the best in the world. We will see if we can conduct the tournament in the country. I have always believed that we have lot of potential and when Hindustanis intend to do something, they always do that. So, our first priority will be to host the tournament in India,” claimed Khanna.
This is complete contrary to what GC Chairman Patel declared yesterday. 
“IPL 2020 will be hosted in UAE. BCCI has applied for the government permissions and we are waiting for the nod from them”

IPL 2020 : IPL Governing Council Meeting Scheduled 

The IPL Governing Council is likely to meet on Saturday and the exact schedules, format and way forward on the 13th edition of the league will be decided in the meeting. Meanwhile as reported earlier, the eight IPL franchises are eagerly waiting for the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) from the BCCI to combat the COVID-19 threat and it is set to be a major topic of discussion when the event’s Governing Council meets.

“There will be three principal points on the agenda and that will primarily be discussed as and when the GC meets,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

The primary points are as follows – IPL 2020: IPL GC Agenda

IPL GC Agenda: Focus on SOPs, broadcasters” demand keeping UAE shift in mind

1) Shifting to UAE, dates, venues, matches:

Once they get the necessary approvals from government departments, the BCCI will inform ECB (Emirates Cricket Board).

“As far as I know, they are not curtailing the tournament. We will have all the 60 matches in the old format where teams play 14 games,” a senior official of one of the popular franchise said. The duration of the tournament will be between 44 to 48 days depending on the double headers that the BCCI allots. In the original schedule, there were only five double headers slotted on Sundays. However, under current circumstances, there may be a few more.

2) SOP for teams, bio-bubble, training facilities:

There are three grounds available in the UAE — Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) and the Sharjah ground. It is learnt that the BCCI will be renting the grounds of the ICC Academy for training of the teams. The ICC Academy has two full-sized cricket grounds along with 38 turf pitches, 6 indoor pitches, a 5700 square foot outdoor conditioning area along with physiotherapy and medicine centre.

“The teams that will be stationed in Dubai can practice at the ICC Academy by paying a fee,” the senior official said.

The teams staying in Abu Dhabi (one and half hours from Dubai) can train there. There won’t be too many net bowlers allowed in case teams have sufficient extra players in the squad. In Dubai, as per the current health protocol, if people are carrying a negative COVID-19 test report, there won’t be any need for quarantine but if they are not, they will have to undergo a test. Also there is DXB app (similar to Arogya Setu) in India which players and officials need to download. While it is not possible to create a bio-bubble that England created for the visiting West Indies team making hotels (Hilton Group) part of the stadium premises in Southampton and Old Trafford, the measures will be strict.

“The hotels where we book rooms, the floors that will have our team members will be a sanitized areas and that will be done in consultation with hotel authorities,” a franchise official informed. If commercial flights are allowed, most of the franchises will be flying out from the fourth week of August as they are unanimous on a month-long camp before the tournament starts rolling.

3) Issues with broadcaster

There will be deliberations on the duration of the tournament which is the marquee event in Star Sports’ kitty considering they paid Rs 16,347 crore for the deal. Discussions are expected on the timing of the night matches — whether they should be held as at usual 8 pm IST (6.30pm Dubai time) or be advanced by half an hour. In case the tournament starts between September 26 and 29 and goes on till November 14 (Diwali), double-headers might not exceed more than seven which will be good news for broadcasters.