The IPL Governing Council will meet on 2nd August :
To take the final decision on the schedules and other arrangements of the most awaiting tournament, the Governing Council of IPL will meet on 2nd August, which will be held in UAE from 19th September to 8th November. Brijesh Patel, the chairman of IPL GC told PTI “The Governing Council of IPL will meet on 2nd August”.
Another BCCI senior official said that during the meeting, the eight franchises will get a clear idea on the agenda of the tournament. He said “It is predicted that after the meeting, the franchises will be taken care of SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).
It is expected that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah would address the meeting. The service tenures of both Shah and Ganguly are complete but the duo has required a relaxation in the Lodha Committee- preferred normalizing norms from the Supreme Court, which will hear the matter on 17th August.
Most probably, the 2020 IPL would have minimum double-headers which would be advantageous for broadcasters. Since the games will be played without the audience in a bi-secure environment, there will be heavy loss of gate money for the franchises, which will be a vital subject of concern.
While it is predicted that maximum franchises will send their teams to check the providing facilities in UAE and also the bio-secure environment that can be generated, there are a couple of concerns including catering services and accommodation plans.
The next problem is whether family members of players would be allowed with them or not. A higher franchise official told PTI that it will be a criminal offense to keep players away from their family members for such a long duration of two months and that too in a secure environment.
An official asked “At the normal time, the family members and friends can join the players during a certain period but now the situation is really different. In case family members travel, can they restrict to rooms only without moving outside? Thre will be cricketers, who have 3 to 5 years kids, then how can you confined them in a single room for two months?”