It has been a week since all Indian Premier League (IPL) teams have landed in UAE. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to announce the schedule for the 13th season of the IPL. According to the sources, some of the franchises have requested the BCCI to announce the schedule soon.
“God knows, when will they (BCCI) share the schedule with us. We have requested the BCCI both orally and through texts to make it quick as we have to plan accordingly, ” a team source told IANS from UAE. “Someone said Monday or Tuesday, we will get it, but can’t confirm it”, the source added.
The BCCI recently had a meeting with the Emirates Cricket Board officials and most of the concerns regarding the schedule and inter-city travel protocols have been resolved.
The reason behind the delay of the tournament could be the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in Abu Dhabi, which is one of the central venues of the tournament other being Sharjah and Dubai.
The tournament has already come under threat as 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) crew have tested positive for coronavirus. The BCCI has also issued a release and confirmed the news about the infected members without sharing their identity.
This also bothered some franchises, “They should at least told us about the members, who all got infected. For our safety, ” added a team source.
The 13th edition of the IPL is scheduled to begin from September 19 with the final set to be played on November 10. The league was originally scheduled to take place in March-May but had to be suspended because of the Coronavirus pandemic.