Sourav Ganguly heads to UAE to oversee IPL 2020 preparations: My 1st flight in 6 months

Sourav Ganguly heads to UAE to oversee IPL 2020 preparations: My 1st flight in 6 months

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly has left to the UAE to take stock of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 preparations in the lead up to the September 19 start. Ganguly took to social media on Wednesday to share a photo of his flight journey to Dubai.

IPL 2020 will be held from September 19 to November 10 across 3 cities in the UAE. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will meet Chennai Super Kings in the opener in Dubai.

"My first flight in 6 months to Dubai for IPL...crazy life changes," Ganguly shared the photo on Instagram. The former captain was seen sporting a face mask and following all safety protocols as he boarded the flight.

Sourav Ganguly had to face quite a few challenges when it came to hosting the cash-rich league in his first stint as the president of the BCCI. IPL 2020 missed the April-May window due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The T20 tournament was indefinitely postponed.

However, the postponement of the T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to take place in Australia in October-November, gave the BCCI the window to host the IPL. The 53-day tournament will be played across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, and the final will take place on a weekday for the 1st time in the history of the league.

IPL chairman Brijesh Patel is among the other key officials who are already in Dubai, according to the PTI.

Notably, the BCCI had shared a 16-page Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document with franchises for safe and secure hosting of IPL 2020. While the tournament is going to be held without fans, players and the team support staff are following umpteen safety protocols in the UAE.

All teams had to undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine period after which they were allowed to train in the UAE. Players and the team support staff will have to undergo Covid-19 tests every 5th day during the course of the tournament.

There were doubts over Chennai Super Kings' availability after 13 of their members, including 2 players, tested positive for Covid-19. However, the rest of the squad returned negative results and the team started training in Dubai from earlier this month.