IPL 2020 : IPL teams raise training concerns as ICC staffers test positive

Some of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) teams based out of Dubai have raised concerns as few staffers in the ICC headquarters have tested positive for Covid-19.

The IPL teams are concerned because of the development as they train at the ICC Academy Grounds in Dubai. There are currently six IPL teams based out of Dubai and they are using the practice facilities at the ICC Academy grounds located in Dubai Sports City.

IPL 2020 : Will positive cases in ICC will affect IPL teams training ? 

The BCCI officials based out of Dubai have assured the teams that the ICC Academy is completely safe to continue their training. According to the officials, the ICC Academy grounds are “safe for training” as they are located at a different place, some distance away from the apex body headquarters.

“The ICC Academy is perfectly safe because neither it is adjacent to the office headquarters nor are there are any ICC staff who is present at the practice session. So there is no question of ay health scare as far as IPL teams are concerned,” a senior board source told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

The Covid-19 positive member of ICC staff are now in mandatory isolation as per the United Arab Emirates’ health protocols according to a report by PTI. 

International Cricket Council may close headquarters for few days
 
There is a possibility that in order to follow the strict health safety protocols, the ICC headquarters would remain closed for a few days and the staff would work from home, as the entire premises is being sanitised for operations to restart.

While there was no official communication from the ICC, a senior board member privy to the development confirmed that there has been a few “positive cases”, but maintained the global body was ready for any eventuality.

“It has been managed very well by the ICC as they were prepared considering the second surge of cases in the UAE,” the board official said.