The IPL is going to look way different with this year due to the COVID-19 precautions in place. There are plans for an isolation centre, ‘bio-bubbles’ for the team and family and other arrangements for which the Governing Council of the IPL will issue a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
On Sunday afternoon, the 2nd of August there are plans for a ‘marathon’ meet where the IPL Governing Council will work out the rules and other details with BCCI General Secretary Saurav Ganguly attending the meet. The franchises, sponsors and other stakeholders are waiting with bated breath on how the IPL this year will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The preparations of the IPL will have to be done in phases to comply with social distancing norms. The first phase is when BCCI and IPL officials are to land in the UAE for coordination with the Emirates Cricket Board and other local representatives. When they reach Dubai, every player and stakeholder will go through a week-long quarantine. Everyone will have to take a COVID-19 test twice in 48 hours. Family of the players can attend provided they do not break the ‘bio-bubble’ quarantine norms.
When the quarantine ends, the broadcast and central sponsors will arrive in the UAE for the final phase- the IPL itself, to start.
This year’s IPL will not see any spectators due to COVID-19. This live tournament will have evening matches beginning at 7.30 pm IST. November 10th is when the IPL will conclude with the final.