New Delhi: It is almost decided that the Indian Premier League will be held in the UAE from 19 September to 8 November. On the appeal of the BCCI, the Emirates Cricket Board has agreed to host the IPL. IPL is now just waiting for the approval of the Government of India.
BCCI released the standard operating procedure
Teams will go to UAE in August for IPL. The BCCI has issued the standard operating procedure i.e. SOP to the franchise owners for their players. In this, some guidelines have been set for support staff including team and players. It will be necessary to follow it. This SOP has been named Bio-Bubble.
All matches will be played in an empty stadium
The spectators inside the stadium will not be alive during the matches in the IPL. Members of the commentary panel will sit at a distance of at least 6 feet in the studio. The dugout, that is, where the players sit during the match, it has to be sure that there are at least people. Only 15 players can stay in the dressing room simultaneously.
Social distancing is essential in award presentation
The rules of social distancing have to be followed in the post match award ceremony. Within two weeks, players will have to undergo the Kovid test 4 times. Out of these, 2 tests have to be done before leaving for UAE. The remaining two tests will have to be done in the UAE with a quarantine.
According to a board official, the SOP will have to be followed not only by the players but also their wives, girlfriends and franchise owners. In any case, violation of bio bubble will not be tolerated.
These few decisions depend on the IPL franchise
The board has made it clear that the decision on whether wives or girlfriends can travel with the players is left to the team franchise. Everyone has to follow the protocol set by the board. Also the driver of the team bus. The board says that if a franchisee has any problem with any guideline, then he can talk separately.
BCCI help in getting discount in hotel booking
The board has also asked the franchise to make arrangements for booking hotels and logistics. The board will help teams in getting discounts during booking. Only those staff and caterers will be allowed to stay in the hotel whose negative report will be negative. Only registered staff will be able to go to the hotel, dressing room. The board will also issue SOP for broadcasters and match officials in the coming time.
It was being said that in September, the spectators would be able to sit in the stadium and watch the live matches as by then the corona crisis was expected to subside. However the BCCI is not ready for this. The board does not want to take any chances. All matches will be played in empty stadiums.