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IPL 2020: Franchises Asked to Delay Travel By a Week, Fly to UAE on August 20 - Report

The 2019 final encounter between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians was a thriller featuring two of the best sides of that edition of the tournament. Batting first, MI could only post 149-8. However, CSK managed 148-7 in reply as they needed just 2 off the final ball but Malinga dismissed Shardul Thakur and MI clinched the trophy by a solitary run.

The 2019 final encounter between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians was a thriller featuring two of the best sides of that edition of the tournament. Batting first, MI could only post 149-8. However, CSK managed 148-7 in reply as they needed just 2 off the final ball but Malinga dismissed Shardul Thakur and MI clinched the trophy by a solitary run.

The IPL governing council has reportedly asked the franchises and other stakeholders to delay travelling to UAE by approximately one week.

The IPL governing council has reportedly asked the franchises and other stakeholders to delay travelling to UAE by approximately one week.

According to a report in the Times of India, this is being done to help put Covid-19 protocols in place for this year’s edition of the league, which was delayed due to the pandemic.

Requesting franchises to delay their travel plans - most sides had planned to travel in the second week of August - was a major focus point for the governing council.

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“We see logic in BCCI’s decision. They have to put certain protocols in place and coordinate with the UAE government to ensure that they will be followed to the ‘T’. For instance, we’ll be travelling by road between cities – Dubai to Sharjah to Abu Dhabi. So, will we be checked at all departure and entry points? How will two franchises – who have their separate bio-secure bubbles – coordinate with each other’s protocols on match days? BCCI has a lot on its hands and they can expect our full cooperation," team officials told TOI.

However, franchises will be allowed to travel with their full squads - which includes a maximum of 24 players - and the sides will be expected to fly in more people as they will require net bowlers, general physicians and the like.

The GC has also stated that family members of players will be allowed to travel as long as they remain in the bio-secure bubble.

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“They (players) will be in complete isolation. It can be very depressing. Family members are okay to travel as long as they will be part of the same bio-secure bubble," sources said.

IPL 2020 will be played from 19th September and the final will be played on 10th November.