While they want to shift base to the UAE by the third week of August, a ultimate name will likely be taken after discussions with BCCI on quarantine protocols amongst different issues. Another essential focus for the rest of the season is the provision of the foreign stars because the IPL will likely be carefully adopted by the T20 World Cup.
Franchises are confident that the BCCI will have interaction in constructive discussions with the foreign boards and make the foreign gamers available for the remaining video games.
Speaking to ANI, an official of one of the franchises mentioned preliminary planning and discussions have began, however the precise time of transferring to the UAE would additionally rely on the quarantine guidelines that the BCCI decides on with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the UAE authorities.
“As of now, we only have the communication that the remaining part of the IPL will be held in the UAE after Saturday’s Special General Meeting. We are also aware that the BCCI office-bearers are in talks with the ECB on the plan of action and are currently in Dubai. So once we have a clarity on the protocols that will be in place, especially with regards to teams quarantining after reaching UAE, we can block the hotel rooms accordingly,” the official mentioned.
So does that imply groups have began preliminary negotiations with the resorts in UAE? A franchise official mentioned it’s going to roughly be the identical ones which the groups used final yr. “Talks are on and once we hear from the BCCI on the travel plan, we will close the deal with the hotel.
“Barring one or two groups, you may anticipate most of the groups to guide the identical resorts which they did final season as a result of it helps as each the groups in addition to the lodge employees know precisely what they’re in terms of the bio-bubbles and preparations for journey to the bottom and different areas that want particular focus with an eye fixed on the Covid-19 state of affairs,” the official explained.
Another official said the teams are focused on knowing about the availability of foreign cricketers for the remaining games as some of the boards might have T20 World Cup preparations on top of their mind and could be reluctant to leave their players free for the IPL.
“What we had been made conscious after the BCCI SGM is that the board will likely be chatting with the foreign boards and test on the provision of the foreign cricketers. We are confident that the BCCI will discover the absolute best resolution and actually it’s a matter of the BCCI officers chatting with the respective board officers, so we should always wait to listen to from the board on this.
“Yes, if we do end up missing some of the foreign stars, that is an area which would need some attention when it comes to picking replacements as the foreign players are also integral to the teams. Team balance can go for a toss, so keeping fingers crossed on that one,” the official mentioned.
Coming again to the journey plans, a franchise official mentioned the BCCI is predicted to as soon as once more give a dateline on when groups can start reaching UAE after their conferences with the ECB and the UAE authorities. So all plans can be finalised solely after official communication from the board.
“If you remember, last year we were given a specific date (August 20) before which we couldn’t leave for UAE. With the tournament once again starting around September 18-19, we should be given the same kind of window to start shifting base to UAE. With the discussions with hotels already on, it shouldn’t be such a big concern. As of now, we are looking at travelling around the third week of August,” the official advised ANI.
The 2020 version noticed Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders establishing base in Abu Dhabi whereas the remaining of the groups stayed in Dubai.