IPL 2020: safety protocol, schedule top governing council agenda

Tanya Simon
August 2, 2020

In 2019, the Board's ACU had independently handled the operations during the IPL.

Even though the Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel had earlier told Sportstar that the "detailed discussions" will be held "keeping all factors in mind", the franchises seek clarity on the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), logistics and availability of overseas players among other things.

It is expected that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, both of whose "cooling off waiver" case is still pending in Supreme Court will be attending the meeting as permanent invitees along with treasurer Arun Dhumal and joint secretary Jayesh George.

Given that an IPL squad generally consists of 25-28 players and 10-15 support staff other than the executives, the franchisees might consider trimming the squad before leaving.

The BCCI is yet to get mandatory clearances from the Home and External Affairs Ministries before they can set the ball rolling.

The Dainik Jagran report also claimed that the BCCI will likely postpone the IPL final from November 8 to November 10. Since the Indian government has only allowed repatriation flights now, BCCI is in talks with Emirates Airlines to coordinate with the franchises.

The SOP is around a 240-page document that has been prepared and will be shared with the franchises.

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The decision has been taken to prevent the players from contracting the deadly COVID-19.

There have been suggestions that the franchises could be asked to limit the number of players to 20.

If the need arises, such dedicated helplines could help them deal with stress and anxiety better.

One of the major issues will be how the BCCI deals with players' families accompanying them for the full period. Practically all the franchises have leading stars coming in from South Africa and it only tends to make sense to have them all fly into UAE on a chartered aircraft and the franchises share the cost. They have invested a lot of money.

There is no ambiguity regarding the fact that people from media will not have an access to bio-secured hotel environment where the teams will be putting up.

"There is a possibility that BCCI can hire from ICC " s ACU team and pay a fee for their services", the official further stated. The lucrative tournament was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008. The BCCI has drafted detailed guidelines, which will be discussed on Sunday.

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