BCCI top buyers in Dubai to plan IPL resumption

BCCI top buyers in Dubai to plan IPL resumption

Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has set the ball rolling to resume the suspended 2021 edition of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates. The chief executive of the board, led by Secretary Jay Shah, reached Dubai on Monday, where they will meet with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and local authorities to discuss the issue of not only hosting the IPL, but possibly also the T20 World Cup as well. According to the assumption, the BCCI is possibly a MoU with the ECB to use Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah as ‘home venues’ for the next six months, as the region is the best place to host international cricket events.

The BCCI delegation consisting of Shah, Treasurer Arun Dhumal, Joint Secretary Jayesh George and General Manager Dhiraj Malhotra landed in Dubai after receiving special permission to land in the Emirates as passenger flights between the two countries were suspended due to the increasing number of Covid-19 numbers. in India. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, IPL chief operating officer Hemang Amin, and Council Chairman Brijesh Patel are likely to join them in the middle of the week.

The urgency shown by the BCCI is understandable as they would like to finalize the dates as it will help a lot in reducing the cost. The IPL and the T20 World Cup, should the BCCI choose to hold the latter in the Gulf region, will coincide with Dubai Expo, which starts on October 1 and runs until March 31, 2022. It is a global event and hotel rooms have already been booked, believe the BCCI and the IPL franchises that they need to spend more on accommodation this time, which will burn a hole in their pocket.

But there could be good news, as the ECB is expected to welcome fans into each of the three stadiums. As things stand now, the UAE has vaccinated a majority of its population, so it will have no problem opening the stadium to the fans. ‘Bringing the fans back to the stadium is one of the things being discussed, and because a large crowd will turn up for the Dubai Expo, fans can not be a problem. But everyone who travels for the IPL – players and other stakeholders – must also be vaccinated. This is one of the conditions, “a councilor told the newspaper.

There are also strong indications that the BCCI should create a centralized bio-bubble that existed in 2020 when the UAE hosted the IPL. The BCCI did away with it when it hosted the event in India in April, and it was a costly mistake because the tournament had to be suspended halfway following several positive cases from Covid-19.

Meanwhile, with regard to the T20 World Cup, although the BCCI will seek a month’s time from the International Cricket Council to take a final call on the venue, the board will negotiate with the ECB on the way forward. If the BCCI takes the opportunity to the UAE, it must decide on the revenue sharing model.

As the IPL is likely to last until October 10, the three venues will be busy if the T20 WC is also held in the UAE. To ease the pressure and help the countrymen, there is talk about whether you should play one leg of the qualifying round in Oman. But for that, the quarantine rules between the two countries must be finalized.