The Indian Premier League ‘s governing council is expected to meet on August 2 to give the schedule a final shape and make further plans for this year’s eagerly anticipated event in the UAE.
The tournament, driven out of the country from September 19 to November 8 due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, will be held.
“The IPL Board of Governors is expected to meet on August 1. After the conference, franchises are required to be handed over the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure),’ a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
The meeting, which was expected to attend by top BCCI brass, including President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah, will discuss various stakeholders’ concerns.
The tenures of both Ganguly and Shah are over but the two have sought relief from the Supreme Court, which will hear the matter on August 17 in the Lodha Committee’s proposed cooling off norms.
Furthermore, this version of the IPL will most likely have fewer double-headers which would be beneficial to broadcasters.
Ways to offset the loss of gate money for the franchises, as the matches will be played in a bio-secure atmosphere before empty stadiums, would also be a major topic of debate.
Although most franchises are expected to send their recce teams to the UAE to test out the facilities as well as the bio-secure environment that can be built, there are remaining issues, including accommodation plans and catering services.
Another tricky problem which is likely to occur is whether players’ families should be allowed to accompany them.
A senior franchise official had told PTI that keeping players away from their families for two months and even in a sanitized setting would be “illegal.”
“The wives and girlfriends join the players for a given period for regular times but this is a totally different scenario. Will families fly confining themselves to rooms without being able to walk around normally? “Asked by an official.
“There will be players who have children between 3 and 5 years old and how can you keep them in a room for two months? “Then he added.