After much of the concerns that the 13th season of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) can start on time or not, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal has clarified that it will start on the scheduled date on September 19.
Speaking to the news agency IANS, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal, said, “They all [CSK members] have come negative now. And the IPL will take place as scheduled; there is no doubt about that. Don’t worry, players are following the COVID-19 protocols and matches will be played without spectators. So, I don’t think there will be any problem with that.”
When asked about the when BCCI will release the schedule of the tournament, Dhumal said that the Board is in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and hopefully the announcement will be made soon.
The major concerns are about the travel restrictions between the emirates in UAE. There are strict travel restrictions while travelling to Abu Dhabi, one has to undergo mandatory rapid tests that would have cost AED 50. Only after a negative test one can cross the border.
IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel and Emirates Cricket Board in talks to resolve all the issues about IPL 2020 schedule.
“IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel is also there in the UAE and he is working on it. The ECB is helping us in all the way possible. Just hope for the best,” he added.