IPL 2021: Details: Team leaders will travel to United Arab Emirates to finalize hotel deals, Covid 19 test protocols
An official from one of the franchises said it was important to visit the UAE as the situation is different from the 2020 edition and bulk hotel bookings can be a problem given the borders will be open to travel. IPL 2020 also took place in the United Arab Emirates behind closed doors.
“We plan to travel to the UAE after July 6 once we get the go-ahead from BCCI and the government to be able to complete the logistics deals. Unlike last year, wholesale bookings will not be possible. not as easy this year as you will have people traveling around the country and that makes the work around bio-bubbles all the more critical, âthe official told ANI.
Another official said he approached BCCI to travel earlier, but getting approval will take some time.
“We have sent a request to BCCI to travel, but have been asked to wait for approval. Although we had a good stay last time, we are looking for ways to make things even better this time around. and this is the reason why we want to be present there while dealing with the management of the hotel, âsaid the manager.
Another team official said they are considering a hotel change so it would be important to be physically present to close the deal.
“We are looking at a new option and if we get a good deal we will seek to close the deal as soon as possible. You need hotel staff and travel staff like drivers to also undergo quarantine tests and RTPCR before going into organic So the sooner we can focus on logistics, the better for all of us, âsaid the manager.
The 2021 IPL is scheduled to start on September 19 and the final will be played on October 15, just before the T20 World Cup. This saw franchises questioning whether foreign players would be made available to them.
While some players recently said they could miss the remaining portion of the 2021 IPL ahead of the T20 World Cup, franchises are confident that BCCI will engage in positive discussions with overseas councils and put the players available for the remaining games.
“Although we have not yet heard from BCCI on this matter, we are confident that we will have the services of the foreign players. Hoping that they get the NOCs from their respective councils,” said the official.
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