The IPL franchises and the BCCI are facing a major revolution to preserve the sanctity of the bio-bubble in the UAE, where the second phase of the now suspended IPL 2021 will be held.
The board is concerned that the bubble may break again as the UAE will see an increase in the number of tourists who will take part in the Dubai Expo 2020, starting from 1 October 2021.
A large number of tourists will come from different parts of the world to enjoy the program offered until next March. So much so that even the franchises face expensive hotel bookings and even the availability of spaces for players to stay out of the bubble apart from the world.
As the rest of the IPL 2021 resumes in September – for the time being 19 – it is a challenge for the franchises and the board to secure the players of the bio-bubble.
In an interview with ANI, a franchise official said they want to go to the UAE as soon as they get a clearance from the BCCI and that they can handle the video calls.
‘We have yet to get the go-ahead from the BCCI and that is understandable given the Covid-19 situation. What we do understand is that we will get clarity on the plan that lies ahead around July 15th. After that we can be free to travel, ‘ANI quoted a franchise official as saying.
‘But if we look at how the Covid-19 situation always changes, we can watch video calls to complete the discussions. We need to keep in mind the Dubai Expo and how it can be difficult to get bulk rooms with each passing day. ”
‘We have the Dubai Expo from October 1st. It can be a big challenge to get hotel rooms isolated from the rest of the guests who are in a hotel. This is not the same as the previous time, because the tourists who came to the UAE the last time were few compared to what is expected for the Expo.
“The sooner we can close the deal, the better, because once we close the rooms, we have to play the bubble that must be foolish.”
Meanwhile, another news item from a Times in India report that the board has begun preparations for the IPL 2022. It is understood that the franchises will receive a maximum of 4 retentions – 3 Indians plus 1 overseas, or 2 Indians and 2 overseas – before the mega-auction for next season, in which two new teams will be launched.