This will also set the ball rolling for the smooth conduct of the tournament. As reported by InsideSport earlier, IPL Central team along with some of the franchise representatives will now also travel to the UAE to conduct a survey of the venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
InsideSport has also learnt that the IPL Recee team along with few franchise representatives will travel to UAE next week and will conduct survey around the venues. The IPL event partners IMG Global’s representatives will also reach Dubai this week to conduct the final execution plans around the IPL season.
BCCI this week also take call on one other important aspect of the league. As reported by InsideSport on Monday, Tata Medical and Diagnostics is likely to be in charge of providing the bio-bubble to the franchises and stakeholders. Their inputs had largely been taken while drafting the Standard Operating Procedures which have been shared with the franchises for their feedback.
Other than Tata Medical, BCCI is also in touch with UK firm, Restrata, which had been hired by the England and Wales Cricket Board for creating the bio-bubble during their series against the West Indies. The UK based company is likely to be given charge for creating the bio-bubble at the UAE venues.
The SOPs list a six-day quarantine for players arriving from those countries while rules in the UAE allow direct entry upon testing negative on arrival. If the players from England have to undergo a six-day quarantine, they will be unavailable for the first four-five days of the tournament, which begins on September 19.
The IPL governing council is considering a relaxation in quarantine rules for the players coming in from the Caribbean Premier League along with English and Australian cricketers after their one-day series following requests from the franchises.