The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has prepared a 240-page standard operating procedure for IPL 2020 to be held in UAE. The SOP contains all the minute details about the safety procedures for franchises, players, and officials during IPL.
Sources said BCCI is not taking any chance when it comes to the safety of those involved in the tournament. As a result, the detailed SOP has been prepared that would answer all the probable questions of the team managements and players.
Notably, the SOP has illustrations and diagrams of how the players need to conduct themselves during the tournament. The compliance with the SOP holds importance as the tournament will be held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains information such as where the players will have to stand during the opening ceremony. It also explains how the post-match presentation ceremony will be carried out, among various other things.
Board has consulted multiple experts
As per the safety guidelines set by BCCI, players will not be allowed to leave the bio-secure bubble once he enters it after two COVID-19 tests. Notably, the board has consulted multiple experts in preparing the SOP and global templates have been followed.
Sources said the franchises will be provided the SOP on Sunday when the board will announce the final date for IPL. The franchises will be free to add to the suggestions enshrined in the SOP, but cannot dilute the guidelines.
IPL 2020 to be held in September-October
IPL 2020 is likely to be held from September 19 to October 8. However, an official announcement in this regard will be made on August 2. The IPL governing council meeting is scheduled on August 2. The eight franchises will get a clear picture of the tournament’s modalities during the meeting.
Cancellation of ICC T20 World Cup cleared way for IPL
The cancellation of the ICC T20 World Cup has made way for the conduct of IPL 2020. IPL was supposed to start in April. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had to be postponed. The tournament this year will be organised only because the T20 World Cup has been cancelled.
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