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This May 7 deadline to shift – which is what the Board has earmarked for now – might see a slight delay of 4 or 5 days if the Board and the franchises conclude they want a bit extra time to sanitise resorts and stadium amenities earlier than settling down right here.
The league, nonetheless, is shifting. Phone strains acquired overworked for many half of Monday because the BCCI and franchise officers labored on the logistics and operations that will likely be concerned. Booking of resorts, re-reserving of chartered flights, getting ready the stadiums for cricket, constructing a recent bio-bubble and allotting inexperienced zones had been work in progress.
The BCCI admits that the logistics concerned on this shift will likely be enormous and your complete course of wants to be deliberate totally in order to keep away from any breaches.
The groups had been earlier scheduled to fly from Delhi and Ahmedabad to Kolkata and Bangalore for the ultimate leg of the event earlier than shifting to Ahmedabad once more for the knockouts and the ultimate.
All franchises have refused to fly to Kolkata and Bangalore, given the Covid scenario. In truth, franchises which might be primarily based out of Delhi are scared, given the rising numbers within the nationwide capital.
While Delhi, whilst a state, was logging shut to 20,000 circumstances per day, the Mumbai area noticed a drop this weekend and a complete of 3,672 lively circumstances had been registered on Sunday.
Officials of the BCCI spoke are learnt to have spoken with Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra’s cupboard minister for tourism and atmosphere, requesting him to facilitate these matches and the latter seems to have given the go-forward beneath strict protocols.
The Wankhede and Brabourne Stadiums in south Mumbai and the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai may have to be made match-prepared within the subsequent 72 hours. While Wankhede was in use the primary three weeks of the IPL, Brabourne and DY Patil haven’t hosted any huge-ticket matches in a very long time.
“Stadiums, hotel-booking and air-travel will be BCCI’s biggest challenges. Stadiums have to be made match-ready, hotels are a concern because some are Covid centres, especially in south Mumbai. The Board is working on it.
“Air-travel has to be coordinated well. Entry and exit points at the airports have been a matter of concern. Many franchises who did their own internal contact-tracing concluded that airport terminals may have led to a breach in the bio-bubble,” sources monitoring developments mentioned.
On Monday, the BCCI known as a number of resorts in Mumbai and was learnt to have mentioned the thought of a couple of franchise being accommodated in a single resort in order to make the bio-bubble a extra tightly-knit area.
If a sure quantity of days are misplaced due to shifting of your complete contingent to Mumbai, the BCCI is engaged on tweaking the schedule and including double-headers so as to accommodate matches.
TOI understands that broadcasters Star could request the Board to prolong the IPL into June, so as to keep away from the double-headers – contemplating they hamper revenues. IPL officers, nonetheless, need the event to conclude on the earliest.