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Intricate case of the return of IPL 2020

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We will be witnessing Indian Men Cricket players soon in action alongside the foreign players. BCCI has been adamant to host the IPL, now as the World T20 has been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic the window is now clear for BCCI to organize the IPL.

There was a need to organize the IPL this year itself as it’s cancellation would trigger a huge loss to the BCCI. Also, many foreign cricketers’ voiced their opinion in favor to organize the league and their eagerness to participate in it.

Now it’s been decided that the IPL will be hosted in UAE subject to clearance from both the nation’s government. Let’s see how BCCI goes with the organizing of the League.

The cricketing action was on hold for around 117 days across the globe as many countries entered into the lockdown period. Now since international Cricket has returned as West Indies and Pakistan cricket team are already in the UK for their respective bi-lateral series. So first let’s see how safely the ECB is conducting the bilateral series.

ECB had created a bio-secure environment to conduct the series so that all the people involved in it are safe from the grips of the deadly virus. Before a person enters into the bio-secure bubble he/she needs to go through the test for the novel virus and their report needs to be negative twice at least then only they would be allowed to participate in the event. And for that ECB conducted the tests for more than 700 persons who were to be involved in the event.

Here comes a report from a few news outlets according to a senior BCCI official that they won’t be keeping up the Bio-secured environment like that of ECB, as the number of cases in the UAE and England has a lot of differences.

The UAE government has got control over the pandemic and the sporting event in the gulf country has begun and they have also allowed the limited number of spectators as well into the stadiums to witness some live sporting action.

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Also, BCCI hasn’t yet decided upon the protocol that has to be followed to stay safe from the grip of the virus. The protocol will then decide how many cricketers would be agreeing to participate in it.

There will be more than 1000 personals who need to be tested at least twice for this event to take place. This will include Players, Support staff, Franchise Management, Match Officials, Ground Staff, Hotel Staff, Logistics people, BCCI officials, commentators etc.

Among all these, there would be one more thing bothering BCCI. The fate of their top officials as it currently lies in the hand of the Apex Court and till then the office would be functioning without them post 27th July 2020 since the matter would be up for the hearing on the 5th of August 2020.

Another thing of concern for the franchises would be if the UAE government keeps the compulsory quarantine period of 14-days and if BCCI decides to start the tourney before 24th September then there might be the unavailability of the players participating in Caribbean Premier League as the said league will end on 10th September. Indian Franchises and the BCCI needs to talk to their Caribbean counterpart for the release of these players but the release of these players won’t be easy since the CPL would be at the business end and everything would matter very much for them.

All eyes would be on BCCI, UAE & Indian Government, West Indies Cricket Board and on few foreign players as well to hear the trumpet of the IPL.

Also Read: Emirates Cricket Board confirm receiving Letter of Intent from BCCI; Government approvals awaited

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