IPL 2020: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly leaves for UAE to take stock of preparations for T20 league
IPL 2020 will begin on 19 September with defending champions Mumbai Indians facing Chennai Super Kings in the opening match
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday left for Dubai to oversee preparations for a bio-secure IPL beginning on 19 September.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the T20 event, which has been moved to the UAE due to the rising COVID-19 cases in India.
“My first flight in 6 months to dubai for IPL...crazy life changes,” Ganguly posted on his Instagram handle with a picture in which he is wearing a mask and face shield, part of the Standard Operating Procedure while flying amid the pandemic.
The BCCI was able to create a window for the IPL following the postponement of the T20 World Cup in Australia, scheduled for October-November.
The Board would have faced a revenue loss of Rs 4000 crore if the tournament, which usually takes place in April-May, had not got the go ahead. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel is among the other key officials who are already in Dubai.
The tournament, despite its strict health safety measures, has already endured instances of contingent members testing positive for the dreaded virus.
Chennai Super Kings has been the worst affected with 13 of its members, including two players, in quarantine after testing positive.
Fans will not be allowed inside stadiums when the league starts but some crowd might be approved in the later stages of the tournament after a review of the COVID-19 situation.
The event will be played at three venues - Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
According to Kashmir Premier League, four players from England and one each from South Africa and Sri Lanka have refused to play in the KPL after being pressured by the BCCI.
Former India captain Anjum Chopra feels the women's cricket in India needs deep structural changes instead of surface-level tweaks for the senior team to reach the next level.
According to sources, Pant might have picked up the Delta 3 variant while visiting a dentist for a toothache problem.