IPL 2020, the 13th edition of the tournament is to be held in UAE, as announced by BCCI & also government has given it a ‘go ahead’. After which fans around the world are excited & are eagerly waiting for the matches to start. Amid pandemic there are various precautions & changes which are needed to be made mandatory to cater the safety of every individual involved in the tournament.
Detailed Standard Operating Procedures- SOP are yet to be made public by the board. But board guidelines set for the league & internal team protocols give some glimpse of what the season could be like.
Hygiene will be the most important factor this year, as sharing of equipment's, touching of masks will be totally prohibited. Use of Covid-19 monitoring apps, Arogya-Setu (Indian App) & DBX (UAE App) will be made mandatory. Players using their saliva during bowling was already banned.
Players & support staff to take Covid-19 tests at least four times in 2 weeks before the start of the league. Commentators in the commentary box will have to main a distance of 6 feet. Post-match presentations will be held by following social distancing norms.
Dressing rooms will be sanitized every hour & only 15 players at one time will be allowed in the room. There will be no outsider interaction of teams until and unless without any prior appointment.
This year 60 matches will be played in three different venues of Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Sharjah. There will be 10 double header matches.
Australia & West-Indies three games T-20 series has been postponed, which was scheduled to be held in October. As players gear up for IPL & they will be available for the IPL matches.
Government has retained its Chinese sponsors, to which there was massive outrage on twitter, as earlier various Chinese apps were banned in India. Some even started the trend of boycotting Ipl due to use of Chinese sponsors.
After various norms & precautions, everyone is eagerly waiting for the Ipl to start soon.