Edited By Bharat Malhotra | IANS | Updated: 31 Jul 2020, 03:09:00 PM IST
The BCCI wants to conduct the 13th season of IPL between September 19 and November 8 while Delhi Capitals is considering setting up a camp for Indian players in the national capital. The final decision on this, however, will be taken after the IPL Governing Council meeting to be held on Sunday.
A Delhi Capitals official said that this is so that the players can get together and help each other to get in rhythm together, also following the rule of social distancing.
“The BCCI has told us the dates but we are waiting for some more information from the Governing Council meeting,” the official said. Once this is done, a final decision will be taken. Right now, we are thinking about the camp from August 15, but it may change after the meeting. Once the owners get instructions from the BCCI, then we will start preparing. '
When asked whether the decisions taken in the meeting could have an impact on the strategy, he said, “A lot of things will become clear in the meeting about how the UAE will be arranged.” After this, we can think about setting up camp in the city early or think about gathering here and going to UAE early. One thing is clear that foreign players will come directly to UAE. '
He said, 'We need clarification on how the bubble will work, how the BCCI has prepared the roadmap and the blueprint that we have created. But yes, looking at the situation as it is now, we are working on a small camp before going to UAE. '
He said, “Many Indian cricketers are locked in their flats and the idea is to gradually bring them to the rhythm.” These people are professionals, so after staying in the house for a long time, it becomes more of a mental aspect. Also, camping at your place helps. '
When asked about the camp site, the official said that earlier it was being considered to be installed at the JSW Sports Center in Bellary district of Karnataka but it was canceled due to the epidemic. “The gym at the JSW Sports Center is one of the best gyms in the country and some players of Delhi Capitals have also used it earlier,” the official said. We were thinking of a camp there at first, but it had to be canceled due to the fact that the southern part of the country was in the grip of Coronavirus. '
When the officials of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) were contacted in this regard, they said that no message has come from the franchise, but the association is fully prepared to host the players. The DDCA official said, “We have not received any message from Delhi Capitals yet but welcome to Kotla.” This is their home ground and they can come here whenever they want. '