IPL 2020 is going to start very soon, all the teams are already in UAE and waiting for the schedule to be announced . Although there are teams dealing with the Covid-19 situation in CSK camp, there hasn’t been any word from the BCCI or IPL regarding the schedule of the tournament, according to a report in the Times of India.
The remaining franchises have said, “we have not heard anything from the BCCI-IPL ever since we flew in here”. Earlier there were reports of Mumbai Indians scheduled to play Chennai Super Kings in the opener of the IPL 2020, but some positive cases in the latter’s camp has ruled out that possibility.
“It could possibly be Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) because in the first match, you’ll need star players on the field. If MS Dhoni is missing, then it has to be Virat Kohli,” say those tracking developments.
Meanwhile, the teams have been left to fend for their own in the UAE. “The other day, lights went off at the practice venue when a team was training,” says one franchise representative. Another team hasn’t received the tracking device as yet. A third says, “We’re still trying to figure how to commute between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, considering the two Emirates have different Covid regulations”. While another is not happy with the bio bubble. “This is not a commodity purchase and proactive depth-data analysis is missing”.
Also the BCCI hasn’t had the time to listen to the problems. “What’s happening is that they (BCCI-IPL) are ‘reacting’ to things. We have to raise a question for someone to tell us ‘we will revert’. There’s no communication,” franchises say.