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BCCI to finalise IPL schedule during GC meet on Aug 2

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
Last updated on: July 28, 2020 12:49 IST
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IMAGE: The cheerleaders perform during an Indian Premier League match. Photograph: BCCI

The Indian Premier League's Governing Council will meet on August 2 to give a final shape to the schedule and other arrangements for the eagerly-awaited T20 showpiece to be held in the UAE this year.

The tournament, forced out of India due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, will be held from September 19 to November 8 in the UAE.

 

"The IPL governing council will meet on August 2," IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel said.

Another top official of the BCCI said that the eight franchises will get a clear picture of the tournament's modalities during the meeting.

"It is expected that franchises will be handed the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) after the meeting," the senior official said.

The meeting, expected to be attended by top BCCI brass, including president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah, will look to address concerns of various stakeholders.

The tenures of both Ganguly and Shah are over but the two have sought a relaxation in the Lodha Committee-recommended cooling off norms from the Supreme Court, which will hear the matter on August 17.

Also, most likely, this edition of the IPL would have less number of double-headers which would be beneficial for broadcasters.

Another major topic of discussion will be on how to work out ways to negate the loss of gate money for the franchises, since the matches will be played before empty stadiums in a bio-secure environment.

While it is expected that most of the franchises will send their recce teams to the UAE to check out the facilities as well as the bio-secure environment that can be created, there are concerns that remain, including accommodation plan and catering services.

Another tricky issue that is likely to come up is whether families of the players would be allowed to accompany them.

A senior franchise official had said that it will be "criminal" to keep players away from their families for two months and that too in a sanitised environment.

"During normal times, the wives and girlfriends, join the players during a specified period but this is a completely different scenario. If families travel, can they be confined to rooms without being able to move around normally?" an official asked.

"There will be players who have kids aged between 3 to 5 and how do you keep them in a room for two months?" he added.

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