The Indian government has approved the BCCI to take the IPL 2020 out of the country. The 13th season of the IPL will begin in the UAE from 19 September. Eight franchise teams have started preparations for their players and support staff by introducing the Covid-19 investigation protocol and segregation.
According to source, “We have received in-principle approval and will get approval in writing anytime.” Most franchises will leave for the base after 20 August as per the BCCI order. Chennai Superkings is set to depart on 22 August. Mumbai Indians have put their Indian players in isolation on their bases.
Some franchises are arranging for their players to test the Covid-19 in their respective cities, after which they will proceed to their departure bases (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore) to visit the UAE. A senior franchise official, who did not wish to be named, said, “It would be good if they would be PCR tested and the report would be negative.” This allows them to conduct two tests at a gap of 24 hours, as mentioned in the BCCI’s standard operating procedure before leaving for UAE. ‘