While it has been more than a week since all the teams landed in UAE, the BCCI is yet to announce the schedule for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
While the delay has been a bit surprising, the reason behind the same is the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in Abu Dhabi, which is one of the main venues of the tournament, apart from Sharjah and Dubai. Well, if reports are to be believed then the BCCI is set to announce the schedule for IPL 2020 by Saturday (August 29).
Members of the BCCI and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) chief Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak seemed to have resolved all the issues pertaining to IPL 2020 schedule, inter-city travel protocols.
“Just small pieces of the jig-saw puzzles are remaining and we should resolve them and release the schedules soon. ECB chief’s support in the matter was of great help. We will incorporate changes in the schedule as per our discussions with the local authorities,” a BCCI source currently in Dubai was quoted as saying by CricketNext.
The thirteenth edition of the tournament is scheduled to take place from September 19 with the final to take place on November 10. IPL 2020 was originally scheduled to take place in March – May but had to suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings’ net bowlers and at least one member of the IPL franchise’ support staff have been tested positive for coronavirus, as per reports. The bowlers and the members of the support staff to have tested positive for Covid-19 are stable and have been isolated.
Media reports claimed that the entire team too has been quarantined and will undergo another round of tests on Friday. Among those tested positive are a member of the social media team and two net bowlers. Before leaving for UAE, Super Kings had the six-day long conditioning camp between August 15 and 20 in Chennai.