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”. InsideSport had reported on Sunday that the BCCI has 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.
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Other than the fixtures, all logistical issues will be discussed at the meeting. The eight IPL franchises and the IPL Broadcaster Star India will be informed formally about the IPL 2020 post this meeting. As earlier reported by InsideSport, recce date of the venues in UAE will also be planned during this meeting.
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“There are many factors which influence the operations and logistics of hosting what is the world’s most exciting, popular and lucrative tournament,” said Usmani.
“This is a massive movement of people and equipment and we now need to bring in the experts to discuss all aspects of UAE hosting the IPL. This includes the Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah Sports Councils, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah Tourism Bodies and the respective government entities — such as the police forces and the UAE ministry of health and prevention, all of who have had strong, proven experience in such activities and we will work together to ascertain the best practices to support and deliver on a successful edition.”
Commenting on the current status of the pandemic in the UAE, Usmani said: “Firstly, we are extremely pleased with how the UAE government responded to the virus, which was as early as February and we continue to see encouraging numbers across the country – in decreasing cases and increasing recoveries. Secondly, we will fully support any requirement stipulated by the relevant Health Authorities in regards to COVID-19 safety measures and management.”