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A team facing a “real challenge” in booking hotels as Dubai Expo clashes with the league

While the IPL 2021 return leg is set to be played from September to October in the United Arab Emirates, various franchises have faced a “real challenge” in moving logistics, especially for booking hotels in the Gulf country. The schedule for the second leg of IPL 2021 conflicts with the Dubai Expo which will start from October 1. Notably, the Dubai Expo is a six-month event and people from all over the world will be arriving in the UAE to witness the event which makes it more difficult for franchises to create a secure bio-bubble zone for players.

BCCI has yet to clear IPL franchises to UAE

According to the ANI report, BCCI has yet to authorize IPL franchises who have expressed their wish to travel to UAE in order to finalize the deal with the hotels and plan their logistics.

“We have yet to get the green light from BCCI and this is understandable given the COVID-19 situation. What we understand is that we will get clarification from the board of directors on the plan to come around July 15. After that, we might be free to travel. But looking at how the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing, we might consider video calls to complete reservations. We need to keep the Expo in mind. Dubai and how that might make it difficult to get rooms in bulk with each passing day, ”the official said, as reported by ANI.

Another manager explained how getting chambers with an eye on bio-bubble protocols could be a big challenge for teams. “We have the Dubai Expo starting October 1. The hotel can be a real challenge. It is not the same as last time as the number of tourists coming to UAE last time was minimal compared to to what is planned for Expo. The sooner we can close the deal, the better because once we have locked the rooms, we have to play the bubble which must be foolproof, “said the official.

Another manager from another team added that the price of hotel rooms has skyrocketed and it can be difficult to get rooms in bulk. “We are considering a new hotel this time around and we want around 80 to 100 rooms and preferably in a separate wing so that there is no chance of players or staff entering and exiting the same passage as the one used. by guests staying at the hotel. “There is no doubt that creating the bubble will be a challenge as we will have more people entering the UAE this time around compared to last year. The logistics team will need to sit down with the hotel plan and plan meticulously because there is no second chance here, ”said the manager.

“IPL will exhaust United Arab Emirates pitches ahead of T20 World Cup”

The rest of the Indian Premier League taking place in the United Arab Emirates will have a huge impact on the pitches, which could wear down and help the spinners “massively” in the ICC T20 World Cup, says South African head coach Maek Butcher.

The 2021 IPL, which has been suspended following COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble, will be completed in the United Arab Emirates, which will also host the T20 World Cup after the ICC decided to move the flagship event to India due to the unprecedented health crisis.

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(Story entries: ANI)