Release of fixtures delayed due to weather and COVID-19 spike
The official fixtures for this year’s edition of Indian Premier League is yet to be released and it is delayed due to the sudden COVID-19 spike and weather conditions in UAE.
Days are inching towards the start of Indian Premier League 2020 in the United Arab Emirates. The season is all set to begin now, after a postponement from the actual plan due to the coronavirus pandemic situation.
With almost all the franchises have arrived in the hosting country, now players and other people are going through the compulsory quarantine period imposed by BCCI. Soon after finishing the quarantine , franchises will start their training camps in the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile, there is a delay in release of the official match fixtures of the season. With less than 25 days to go for the tournament, still BCCI hasn’t released the schedule officially. It is said that the delay is because of the challenging weather conditions in the country as well as due to the sudden spike in coronavirus cases there.
“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 officials said.
There will be a problem in scheduling the afternoon games as it will be a steamy condition during that time. Considering the Indian time and the climate in UAE, it has become a challenge on conducting the afternoon games. Even with the night games too, there will be a late sunset there.
“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 opined out on the hot conditions there.