As declared by the unofficial reports, the franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have started making arrangements to fly for UAE for IPL.
Instead of flying via regular planes, the chartered planes will be considered. The franchises are looking for hotel arrangements for their respective players.
The teams, before reaching UAE, will spend their quality time in bio-secure environments and after clearing the required rounds of COVID-19, they will leave for the Arab country to play their cash-rich league.
According to the unofficial reports, the tournament is likely to be staged by 26 September and will last till 7th November.
The BCCI, that is looking for every possible window to hold their cash-rich T20 league, has got a window of September after Asia Cup has been canceled. They are still waiting for ICC’s deferred decision to make a final call.
IPL franchises start making arrangements to travel UAE
“I think most teams, if not all, are already looking at hiring chartered planes. You never know if we will have regular flights operating by the end of August and most teams would wish to be in the UAE by the last week of August or at max the first week of September,” the official said.
“So, in such a scenario, the best way is to hire chartered planes as we will all have around 35-40 people flying to UAE. The number of members obviously increases a bit when you are headed outside and have restrictions in movement in times like these.”
“We are looking at having the boys come together in India. Go through a period of spending time in a bio-secure environment and then get our tests done and head to UAE. The reason behind that is we are all staying at home. So, if one of us is asymptomatic, we have the risk of infecting others. That is why it is better to go through a couple of weeks of isolation and testing here in the country before heading out,” an official remarked.