IPL's Governing Council Crucial Meeting on August 2nd

Ross Houston
August 1, 2020

The governing council is scheduled to meet on Sunday, August 2, to make decisions on the many logistical challenges that airlifting the tournament to the UAE will pose.

The Indian cricket body has been keen on hosting IPL in 2020 and the putting back of the T20 World Cup, which is slated to beheld in Australia in October-Novembe, has has cleared it route for the high earning T20 league. The most important aspect will be the SOP that will be handed to the franchises for Monday's discussion where they can raise their concerns.

Also Read | IPL 2020 Squad Updates: AB de Villiers, Ben Stokes, Andre Russell, Lasith Malinga and List of Players Who Could Miss Upcoming Season or Part of it. Some franchises have reportedly asked for permission to land on August 20 and 21. However, the franchises believe that there shouldn't be any compromise on the number of players. While all the franchises are likely to bring full playing squad in the field, some non-playing staff can be advised to stay in the hotel. That's going to be the key message for me and the coaching staff along the way as well", said Smith, while interacting with a select group of media during the special screening of Inside Story: "A Season with Rajasthan Royals - a documentary on the team. "Ideally, if there is a cap then it should be on the entourage as a whole". "In this regard, we also need to know what are the security measures that one need to adapt", one of the senior franchise officials said, adding: "We need to know about the medical arrangements as well..." With such strict health protocols in place, availability of resources for practice won't be as easy as it was in 2014. The teams will be in UAE for almost two and a half months. "Getting net bowlers for so many teams will be tough".

The ICC Academy in Dubai has almost 40 pitches and two full grounds. The three venues in the UAE are Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. "The franchises can hire the facilities but they need to have resources too".

"There is a possibility that BCCI can hire from ICC " s ACU team and pay a fee for their services", the official further stated.

Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanath said on Saturday that the franchise is yet to decide on the future course of action.

"CSK have been proactive". It is expected that there will be a helpline where players can call up in case they feel stress and anxiety.

It is learnt that the franchises can work around the the SOP manual which the BCCI will handover to them. To allow crowd or not depends on the UAE government. "But a few franchises are already looking at organizing chartered flights", a source said.

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