The BCCI finally gets a nod from the Central Government to host this year’s Indian Premier League in the UAE. Now according to the plan, the IPL 2020 will be finally played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.
IPL in UAE gets green signal from the government
On Monday, IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel revealed the news to the news agency PTI. Last week the Indian government had given “in principle” go-ahead to the BCCI to shift the cash-rich tournament to the UAE due to rising cases of Covid-19 in India. When PTI asked Brijesh Patel about the required written documents, he said, “Yes, we have received all the written approvals.” The approval came from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as it is mandatory for an Indian sports body to get clearance from the respective ministries when it shifts a domestic tournament abroad.
A senior BCCI official meanwhile informed the news agency, “Once we had the verbal okay from the government, we had intimated the Emirates Cricket Board. Now we have the papers also, so franchises can be intimated that everything is in order.”
BCCI to solve the last big challenge
As reported earlier most of the franchises will depart for the UAE after August 20 once the two mandatory RT-PCR (COVID-19 tests) are done within 24 hours from their departure base. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings players and staff will have a camp at the Chepauk before they fly for UAE on August 22. All associated with the mega league will be following the BCCI SOP during the entire tournament that is scheduled to be played at three venues in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.
The BCCI is currently trying to sort the biggest challenge regarding the sponsorship front. Recently the board called off their existing deal with Chinese mobile phone company Vivo for the current year due to the border issues between the two countries. But a lot of leading companies are showing interest in the matter. Hence this should be solved by the richest cricket board pretty soon. Well, hopefully so!