The 8 franchises of the Indian Premier League are eagerly awaiting the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) from the BCCI to defend against the Kovid-19 epidemic. When its Governing Council (GC) meets in a few days, it will be the biggest issue of discussion. With the postponement of the ICC T20 World Cup, BCCI is planning to conduct IPL in the United Arab Emirates.
In view of the increasing cases of Kovid-19, the tournament is waiting to get the green signal for the request sent to the central government to get it out of the country. A senior BCCI official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “There will be three theoretical issues on the agenda and whenever the Governing Council meets, they will be discussed mainly.”
These key points are as follows:
First: Organizing IPL in UAE, its dates, venue and matches. After getting necessary clearances from government departments, the BCCI will inform the Emirates Cricket Board. A senior franchisee official said, “As far as I know, they are not shortening the tournament. We will get to see all 60 matches according to the old format with each team playing 14 matches. 'The tournament will run between 44 and 48 days, but it will depend on how many' double headers' the BCCI gives. The original event had only five double headers which would have been held on Sunday. But there can be other things under the current circumstances.
Second: SOPs, bio-safe environments and training facilities for teams. There are three stadiums available in the UAE. It is learned that the BCCI will hire ICC Academy grounds to train the teams, which consists of 38 turf pitches, six indoor pitches and a large outdoor conditioning area with physiotherapy and medicine centers.
Third: Broadcast issue. There will also be discussion about the duration of the tournament, which is an important tournament of Star Sports, for which he has given Rs 16,347 crore. The timing of the night matches is expected to be discussed either at eight o'clock at Indian time (Dubai time at half past six in the evening) or by half an hour. If the tournament starts from 26 to 29 September and lasts till 14 November (Diwali), then the double header can not be more than seven, which would be good news for the broadcasters.