After visiting Oman to oversee the T20 World Cup preparations, the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has reached UAE ahead of the IPL 2021. The former Indian skipper took to Instagram to update on the same.
As per reports, the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) is likely to open a temporary office in UAE to oversee the proceedings of IPL 2021 phase 2.
There are several challenges for BCCI at the moment and the travel ban for India remains the biggest of all. Earlier, it was reported that the UAE government has put a ban on all international flights coming from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh until 21st July.
However, now it has been understood that the ban has been extended to 31st July 2021. The second leg of IPL 2021 is scheduled to start from 17th September in UAE.
“The only exemptions are if you are a diplomat or a UAE national or a Golden Visa holder. Your PCR test, in this case, must be taken a maximum of 48 hours before your flight departure,” the carrier said.
Under such circumstances, the IPL franchises are going to face a lot of problems. The franchises are currently facing difficulty in planning logistics. The BCCI is yet to give official confirmation on the dates to IPL franchises.
“We have only heard about the dates from the media and not from the BCCI. The problem is even though Rajeev ji has announced the dates, BCCI hasn’t sent anything officially. So, booking hotels assuming that the dates stick is not realistic. So, we won’t be going to UAE now as it’s better to get a confirmation from the BCCI first,” a franchise official, who did not wish to be named, told InsideSport.
After Sourav Ganguly arrived in the UAE, the arrival of BCCI Secretary Jay Shah is also expected in the country soon. The BCCI officials will visit Dubai and coordinate with the UAE government. The final dates of Phase 2 of IPL will officially be announced after the end of their visit.