This Monday came with mixed news for the Cricket fans all over the world. As on one hand, the ICC postponed the World T20 2020 to next year, on the other hand, this inevitable postponement opened the gates for organising IPL 2020 in the same window that of the World T20 2020. In another good news, the BCCI has also finally shortlisted three venues for the training of players after four months of no action.
Ever since the CoViD-19 pandemic has hit the Cricket World in March, only a handful of teams has resumed the Cricket so far. While England and West Indies resumed the International Cricket with the first Test in Southampton this month, Pakistan are the next in line to play cricket in England. Apart from these three, only the likes of Australia and Sri Lanka have managed to return to field for training.
However, after a prolonged implementation of ‘Wait and Watch Policy’, BCCI has finally shortlisted three venues for the training of Centrally Contracted Players. In its Apex Council meeting on Friday, BCCI has picked The United Arab Emirates, Dharamsala and Ahmedabad as three possible Venues to host India’s training camp. along with Ahmedabad and Dharmasala.
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A BCCI official also stated the same to PTI, “If the IPL is held in the UAE, then it only makes sense the Indian cricketers train there before the tournament. They have a good infrastructure in place. UAE is the most likely choice for the IPL with India getting increasingly unsafe (due to COVID-19).”
The official also added that out of the three, the UAE remains the front-runner as it provides better bio secure environment to host a camp in such precarious situations.“The other likely options are training camp in either Dharamsala or Ahmedabad (at the renovated Motera stadium) with a bio-bubble in place. But the cases continue to increase in India, so UAE will be the safest option,” the official added.