IPL 2020- Indian government has approved to host IPL 2020 in UAE. This statement is confirmed by IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel.
On Monday said the BCCI has received ‘All written approvals’ from the Indian government to host the 13th edition of the tournament in the UAE.
The IPL will be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 in three cities – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
“Yes, we have received all the written approvals,” Patel told PTI when asked whether the permission has come in writing from both the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
“Once we had the verbal okay from the government, we had intimated the Emirates Cricket Board. Now we have the papers also, so franchises can be intimated that everything is in order,” a veteran BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Most of the franchises will be flying out after August 20 after two mandatory RT-PCR (COVID-19 tests) conducted within 24 hours from their departure base.
The Chennai Super Kings players and staff, who are leaving on August 22, will have a small camp at the Chepauk on the insistence of skipper MS Dhoni.
New sponsor (Patanjali?)
BCCI also facing problems on sponsorship with VIVO company as this is the China’s company. It was a Rs 440 crore deal and as BCCI looks at potential sponsors. Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali has shown interest in becoming the new title sponsor.
Brijesh Patel said that “It is not a setback (Vivo pulling out), there is already a lot of interest (for title rights). Whether an Indian company or from anywhere else, whoever bids the most gets the rights. We will finalise the whole process by August 18.”
Players replacement :- A 24-player squads and coronavirus replacements allowed for the tournaments to be held in UAE.
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