The Indian government is yet to give a go ahead for shifting the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) to UAE. It’s been more than 10 days since the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) has applied for the government permissions. But the concerned ministries are yet to give the green signal to the league in UAE. Without the government permissions, neither the league dates can be officially announced or schedules can be finalized. Even the official paperwork with the Emirates Cricket Board is also pending without the go ahead from the Indian government.
The BCCI is in complete fix at this stage. The franchise,
broadcaster and other stakeholders are ‘getting jittery’ with each passing hour. Neither the BCCI or any other stakeholder involved can finalize the logistics for the league which is just 48 days away. Without the official nod from the government, now there will be even question mark over the relevance of the IPL Governing Council meeting scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
“We were expecting that all permissions will come in before the end of this week but now it seems it will take few more days to get the nod from the government. It’s a mammoth task to shift the entire tournament to UAE. Whole lot of logistics has to be planned. It’s getting more challenging with everyday. But hopefully we should get official permissions soon”, said one of the senior BCCI functionary.
IPL 2020 : Question mark over the IPL Governing Council Meeting on Sunday ?
Now the question arises what purpose the IPL GC will serve if the government permissions are yet to come in. How anything can be planned and sealed in the IPL GC meeting, pending the permissions from the authorities. Earlier this week, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal had told InsideSport that IPL GC will only meet once BCCI gets the government nod.
“We have to follow all government protocols. We are waiting for the nod from the government, once that is done IPL GC members will meet. All of them are on a standby and meeting will be arranged at a very short notice”, said Arun Dhumal, treasurer for the BCCI had told InsideSport on Monday.
So will the IPL GC meeting earlier schedule for tomorrow still meet or will it get postponed to the next week ? InsideSport tried reaching out to IPL GC Chairman Brijesh Patel but did not get any reply from him. No other BCCI functionary at the time of filing this report was ready to confirm that IPL GC will meet on Sunday as planned.
The delay in government permission has also stopped the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) from inking “the final deal” with the BCCI, after receiving the “official letter of intent”. BCCI had last week accepted the letter of intent by ECB. But the official deal between the two boards are yet to be inked in. Until or unless government does not give its official nod, the two boards can’t sign any MOU on the IPL 2020.
IPL 2020 : Franchises, Broadcasters, Sponsors getting ‘jittery’
BCCI is yet to officially inform the dates of IPL 2020 to Franchises or Broadcaster. Not only this, each and every stakeholder involved with the IPL is still waiting to hear from the BCCI’S side about the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’S) for the league. Be it the fixtures, issues related to logistics, clarity on various concerns of franchises all still stays pending. Now if the government clearances and subsequently the IPL GC gets postponed for the next week, it will get more difficult for everyone to plan things.
InsideSport spoke to 3 franchises on Friday evening and all raised concerns around ‘lack of clarity from BCCI’s side’
“We have to arrange our own logistics, flight and hotel bookings, practice facilities, pre training camp. Without clarity how all of this can be planned”, said one of the franchise official on condition of anonymity.
“In these Covid times anyway sponsors are not ready to continue and whoever is ready to back us asks for clarity on dates and schedules. We have none. We have not heard from BCCI on anything. Whatever we hear, comes from the media reports, hope GC meeting gives us clarity. We are extremely jittery at this stage”, told another franchise official to InsideSport.
Same is the situation for broadcaster Star Sports. The official broadcaster has not come in open on the issue of lack of clarity from the BCCI’S side. But it is clear that the broadcaster because of no clarity is suffering. They are yet to even air any campaign around IPL 2020. Normally everyone knows, that Star starts their campaigns for IPL every year minimum 80-90 days in advance.
Everything now hinges, first on the government nod and then on the IPL GC meeting scheduled for tomorrow. Without the same IPL 2020 will stay uncertain for everyone involved.