IPL 2020 : Good news, BCCI gets government clearances for conducting IPL 2020 in UAE

The Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) fans can breathe easy. The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) has got much awaited permissions from the Indian government to conduct the IPL 2020 edition in UAE. The Indian board has got all required permissions from the Ministry of External Affairs, Home and Sports ministry to take the IPL jamboree to UAE. The board is now free to officially sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) who in turn will intimate UAE government and work on all local permissions for the league. 

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.

“We have got all clear from the government side. ECB will now take the local permissions from UAE authorities”, informed one of the IPL GC member to InsideSport.
IPL 2020 : IPL Recee team to visit UAE next week

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.

IPL 2020 : Franchises have sought relaxations on quarantine norms for players traveling from CPL and England vs Australia series
The IPL franchises have also requested BCCI to relax norms of quarantine for the players coming directly after participating in the CPL 2020 and England vs Australia series. According to a report, “the franchises’ logic has been simple: They are travelling from one bio-bubble to another and that too on a chartered flight. So what’s the need,” said a source to the publication.

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.