The IPL governing council is all set to meet on Sunday and decide the status of necessary government approvals for hosting the IPL in the UAE, a detailed plan on players’ safety and other stuff. However, Brijesh Patel-led governing council has a 10-point agenda to be discussed as well.
It is expected that the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah will be attending the meeting as permanent invitees alongside treasurer Arun Dhumal and joint secretary Jayesh George.
“We have a meeting tomorrow but everyone is awaiting the clearances from the Home Ministry as well as the External Affairs Ministry for the tournament to be shifted to the UAE,” a senior BCCI official close to GC developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The key points on IPL agenda for Sunday’s meeting are here:
1) Approval of Minutes of previous meetings
The approval of minutes needs for the three previous GC meetings.
2) Need Government Approval
The BCCI is yet to get permission from the Home and External Affairs Ministries before they start their preparation of hosting the IPL in the UAE. It is also learnt that formal approval from the UAE government is also needed which will be given by the Emirates Cricket Board.
3) Schedule and Duration to be decided
While the starting date has come, the tournament will be either of 51 days or 53 days if the final is pushed back to September 10 as it is starting from September 19.
4) Chinese Sponsorship deals to stay as of now
While VIVO is the title sponsors, PayTM, Dream 11, BYJUs and Swiggy have Chinese investments in the IPL. Due to the current situation between India and China, the matter will be discussed i the meeting. However, it is likely that VIVO will be there as it provides with Rs 440 crore a year to the BCCI and to get a new sponsor amid this time is difficult as well.
5) Standard Operating Procedure
The SOP is nearly a 240-page document that has been prepared and franchises will get soon. It includes all health safety-related measures which also included the number of COVID tests that will be conducted and how the bio-bubble will be made as well.
However, franchises can upgrade it but they can’t downgrade it. It is also understood that the board will leave the decision on the franchises whether they would allow families (wives, partners, children) to travel with the players or not.
6) Can IPL GC members get to travel
Usually, the IPL Governing Council members travel to various places during the league – whether India or abroad but amid this situation with health safety being at focus, the members should be allowed to go to the UAE to watch the matches or not.
7) Replacement Player
Replacement of player will be discussed in the meeting like how to procure replacement players in case the players in the main side are unable to travel. Like South Africa players as there is a restriction on their travel and likes of Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and AB de Villiers are important players for their respective franchises for IPL.
8) ACU activities
Currently, BCCI’s ACU unit has eight full-time officers but they would be needed more stuff where each team will be needed one integrity officer and also the hotels where the teams are staying as they are needed to be monitored as there would be other guests as well.
9) The medical unit of BCCI
There will be a discussion on whether the board will have their own medical team travelling or the United Arab Emirates provide with the medical team for the league.
10) Meeting with experts who created ECB’s bio-bubble
The BCCI will also meet the team of experts assigned by England and Wales Cricket Board to create the bio-secure environment for the recently concluded series against West Indies and also the upcoming series against Pakistan as well as the ongoing series against Ireland.