The governing council of Indian Premier League will meet on Saturday via teleconference and after that, they will have a meeting with their primary stakeholders – franchise owners, broadcasters and central sponsors – on Sunday and Monday to chalk out the “final plan” for the 13th edition of IPL which is scheduled to take place in UAE from September 19. The BCCI has shared the plan with TOI on Monday.
* Bio-secure bubble: Each franchise will create their own bubble where the team will stay and interact with a certain number of people in their ecosystem given by the BCCI. A similar bubble will be there for the Indian cricket board and the IMG staff and broadcasters as well. Apart from prior appointed coordinators, no one could meet with others outside their bubble.
* Revenue pools: There will be no change in the distribution of BCCI’s central revenue pool.
* Gate money: It has to let go as the board refers to it as “pittance”.
* Travel and accommodation: Franchises will have to manage their own travel arrangements and accommodation in the UAE for the cash-rich league. However, the BCCI will coordinate with the UAE to make sure of discounted hotel rates and share it with the franchises as well. Franchises will have to look after their players travel to UAE and back, as they used to do in India.
* Medical assistance: Franchises will have to arrange their own medical teams and the BCCI will provide with a central medical team. Once players and support staff reach the UAE, all the testing will be done by the franchises, who will be in touch with BCCI’s medical team on a 24×7 basis. Moreover, the medical team of each franchise will stay with their respective teams within the bio-security bubble as well.
* Player replacement and loaning: While the rule will be same for the player policy, the franchises can travel with extra players.
However, the board and governing council have been working on details to prepare a draft which will be discussed at Saturday’s meeting and then the franchises will get it. “Once we share what we do with the franchises, we know there will be questions. We need to be thoroughly prepared,” confirmed GC chairman Brijesh Patel.