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NEW DELHI: The IPL The Governing Council will be updated on the status of government approvals needed to host the T20 League in the UAE, when members meet Sunday to discuss Chinese sponsors in addition to deliberately setting aside a silly SOP on health security.
whereas BCCI All are ready to move the league to the United Arab Emirates, it is learned that the 10-point agenda of the Brijesh Patel-led Governing Council tops the government approval position.
Hope the president Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jai Shah, both of whose “cooling off exemption” cases are in the Supreme Court, will attend the meeting along with Treasurer Arun Dhumal and Joint Secretary Jayesh George as permanent invitees.
A senior BCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity, “We have a meeting tomorrow but everyone is awaiting approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as the Ministry of External Affairs for the tournament to be held in the UAE.”
It is learned that the fate of Chinese mobile company VIVO, which paid Rs 440 crore for the title sponsorship, will also come under discussion.
The most important aspect will be the SOPs that will be assigned to the franchisees for Monday’s discussion where they can raise their concerns.
The major points of the IPL agenda for Sunday’s meeting are:
1) Approval of minutes of previous meetings
Approval of the minutes of the three previous GC meetings.
2) Awaiting government approval
The BCCI is yet to get mandatory approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs and External Affairs before rolling the ball. It is also understood that a formal approval from the UAE government is also awaited which will be procured. Emirates Cricket Board.
3) Schedule, duration
The tournament will be one of 51 days starting on 19 September or 53 days if the finals are pushed back on 10 September, which gives broadcasters the cash to cash out the week of Diwali.
4) Chinese sponsorship belongs to stay in IPL for now
Vivo is the title sponsor while there are Chinese investments in Paytm, Dream 11, BYJU and Swiggy. The matter will remain under discussion due to the current tension between India and China. In all likelihood, VIVO will fulfill the current contract that gives BCCI Rs 440 crore a year as it is difficult to find a new sponsor in the eleventh hour.
5) Standard Operating Procedure
The SOP is a document of about 240 pages that has been prepared and will be shared with the franchise. This includes all health safety measures, including the number of COVID tests and how the bio-bubble will be created.
Instructions will be on squad strength (likely to shadow 40, including players, support staff and management team).
While BCCI’s SOP can be upgraded by franchisees, they cannot downgrade it in any way.
It is learned that the BCCI will let the franchisees decide whether they will allow families (wives, partners, children) to travel with the players.
“BCCI will only negotiate with the hotels and try to provide them with discounted rates but it is the franchise which is required to make a bubble as per SOP.”
6) IPL GC members will get to travel
Generally, members of the IPL Governing Council travel to various venues – whether in India or abroad during the tournament but there will be a discussion on whether health safety is paramount at these times, allowing members to travel to watch matches. Whether to be allowed or not.
“There are some senior citizens in the IPL GC and there is a lot of thought that needs to be done about whether traveling would be risky or not,” the official said.
7) Replacement Player
The purchase of replacement players will be discussed in the event the players are unable to travel in the original squad. As such South Africa’s borders are currently closed and the likes of Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and AB de Villiers are important to their respective franchises.
8) ACU activities
Currently, the ACU unit of BCCI has eight full-time officers, but still, they require a loyalty officer with each team as well as hotels where teams need to be supervised as other guests Will also be.
“There is a possibility that the BCCI may hire from ICC’s ACU team and pay a fee for its services,” Tikal continued.
9) BCCI has its own medical unit
It will be discussed whether the BCCI will have its own medical unit or create a team of medical practitioners outside the UAE.
10) Meeting with experts to prepare ECB bio-bubble
The BCCI brass will also meet the team of experts assigned by the England and Wales Cricket Board to create a bio-safe environment for the upcoming series against Pakistan and Ireland against the West Indies.
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