The Governing Council meeting of the Indian Premier League is scheduled to be held on Saturday followed by a couple of more with primary stakeholders. These meetings will basically work on the final plan for the tournament to be hosted by UAE this year.
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IPL Governing Council to share plan with franchises
The IPL Governing Council meeting is what everyone is eyeing on currently. The meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday via teleconference will have some primary agenda to work on. Based on those two more meetings will be held on Sunday and Monday with the primary stakeholders- franchise owners, broadcasters, and central sponsors. These will chart out the “final plan” for the tournament in UAE to be run between September 19 and November 8. The BCCI shared the plans with Times of India which speaks about everything in detail.
Bio-secure bubble, revenue pool & gate money, travel & accommodation, medical assistance, player replacement & loaning are the most important factors as detailed by the BCCI. The chairman Brijesh Patel said, “Once we share what we do with the franchises, we know there will be questions. We need to be thoroughly prepared.”
Plans in detail
Each franchise will be creating its own bubble for its team for IPL. The team will only be interacting with a limited number of people as allotted by the board. A similar bubble will be created for the Indian cricket board and the IMG staff, broadcasters, etc. Only pre-appointed coordinators will be permitted to interact with people inside these bubbles. There will be no change in the distribution of BCCI’s central revenue pool. Letting go of gate money, the board says, is “pittance”.
Franchises will have to figure their own travel arrangements and accommodation. The Indian cricket board will just coordinate with UAE to ensure “discounted hotel rates” for the IPL and share details with the franchises. Even in case of medical assistance, franchises will have to arrange for their own medical teams and the BCCI will arrange a central medical team. The responsibility of testing will be on the IPL franchises too. The player policy will remain unchanged and the franchises can travel with extra players considering the current situation.
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