BCCI President Sourav Ganguly left for Dubai on Wednesday to monitor IPL preparations which will start on September 19 in the UAE.
Mumbai Indians will face CSK in the opening match of the IPL T20 which will start in the UAE due to the rising coronavirus cases in India. . “My first flight in 6 months to dubai for IPL…crazy life changes,” Ganguly posted on his Instagram handle with a picture in which he was seen wearing a mask & a face shield which is a part of the SOP while flying in the Pandemic.
The BCCI was able to create a slot for the IPL after the postponement of the T20 World Cup in Australia which was scheduled for October-November. The Board will face a revenue loss of Rs 4000 crore if the tournament takes place from April-May had not got the go ahead. The IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel is among the other officials who are already in Dubai.
CSK has been the worst affected franchise with 13 of its members including two players staying in quarantine after testing positive. Fans will not be allowed inside stadiums when the IPL starts but some crowd might be approved in the last stages of the tournament after reviewing COVID-19 situation. The event will now be held at three venues i.e. Dubai, Sharjah & Abu Dhabi.