The buzz surrounding IPL 2020 has already started after BCCI reportedly announced the commencement date. It is likely to increase manifold as the tournament comes closer. On a good note, Emirates Cricket Board is also planning to fill some parts of the stadiums with crowds during the matches.
IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that IPL 2020 will commence from September 19. However, BCCI is still awaiting confirmation from the government to host the competition in the UAE.
Crowds to come for IPL 2020 games
As BCCI continues to decide on the logistics of the tournament, Patel admitted to PTI that Emirates Cricket Board will decide on the entry of the crowds. ECB secretary Mubashshir Usmani told PTI that they are ready to host 30-50% of the crowds subject to the approval of the government.
“Once we get the confirmation from the BCCI (on Indian government’s approval), we will go to our government with the complete proposal and SOPs which will be prepared by us and the BCCI,” said Usmani over phone.
“We will definitely want our people to experience this prestigious event but it is totally the government’s decision. For most events here, the number ranges from thirty to 50 percent capacity, we are looking at a similar number.
“We are hopeful of getting our government’s approval on that,” he added.
UAE has seen approximately 6000 COVID-19 cases and has the situation under control. Mubashshir Usmani also said that they are completely ready to host IPL 2020 and only awaiting the confirmation of the Indian government.
“We are still waiting to hear from the BCCI on the Indian government’s approval. Having said that, we are ready,” Usmani said.
Meanwhile, reports suggest the franchises will arrive in the UAE three-four weeks ahead of the start of the tournament to prepare. They will remain in the bio-secure bubble and follow all the required guidelines.