IPL Has Received ‘All Written Approvals’ From Govt: Brijesh Patel

BCCI has received all Government approval to host the IPL in the UAE, the league’s Chairman Brijesh Patel told PTI.

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Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Brijesh Patel with BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.
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The BCCI has received all Government approval to host the IPL in the UAE, the league’s Chairman Brijesh Patel told PTI.

“Yes, we have received all the written approvals,” Patel said officially confirming that all wheels are now in motion for the IPL to take place this year. Season 13 is slated to be played from 19 September to 10 November in the UAE with teams reportedly asked to make their travel plans post 20 August.

The IPL had decided to move the tournament to the UAE this time due to the growing number of coronavirus cases in India. Since the start of August, the UAE has reported just under 250 new positive cases a day.

The 8 franchises have already started preparing for the season with some even calling their Indian players to their home cities where the testing and quarantining process is underway. IPL’s SOP for all teams had made it compulsory for franchises to conduct 2 tests on their players and support staff in the week leading up to their departure to the USE. Both tests must be conducted 24 hours apart. After that, once they land in the UAE, one test will be conducted at the airport and then three more spanning a week during the period everyone spends in quarantine.

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