The hot weather and the rising COVID-19 cases in UAE are going be to the two notable obstacles for scheduling the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The cash-rich T20 league that is all set to be commenced by 19th September, has not been scheduled by BCCI as the venues, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, are clinching an extremely hot temperature.
COVID-19 cases on one hand require the utmost safety and the hot humid temperature will make BCCI unable to host matches. The only option remaining is to suffer the heat as along with the government, the mutual decision might be to host three matches in a day to stay safe from the Coronavirus that is deadly than the fuming heat is.
Weather and COVID-19; the two major obstacles for scheduling IPL 2020
“While the weather is pleasant in the evenings, in the afternoon, the temperature soars. So, efforts are being taken to ensure that we don’t have too many day games, at least in the first leg,” one of the BCCI veterans said.
“We might have to play at least three-day games which will be hard. We have to get used to the heat, but looking forward to the training at the ICC Academy in Dubai,” a player mentioned.
“While I am confident that we will be able to deliver a memorable tournament, I will be approaching the start of the tournament with a heavy heart as your absence would render the opening incomplete,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah wrote in a letter to the state units.
“I am hopeful that till the time we reach the playoff week, we would have more relaxations on travel and interactions, which would allow us to have you all travel to the UAE,” he added.