BCCI & Franchises travel plans in the United Arab Emirates will be affected

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IPL 2021 Phase 2: BCCI & Franchises UAE travel plans will be affected as flight suspension is extended until July 21

IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Suspension of flights in the UAE: BCCI & Franchises’ preparations for IPL 2021 Phase 2 in the United Arab Emirates face another hurdle. Because of this, the authorities of the United Arab Emirates have announced a further extension of the suspension of flights from India until July 21. In a notice to airmen (NOTAM), the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority said flights from 13 countries, including India, would remain suspended until 11:59 p.m. July 21 hours. This means that franchises and BCCI officials who were planning to travel to the UAE to finalize logistics will have to postpone their plans.

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BCCI are due to host the remaining 31 IPL matches in the UAE in September. Some franchises were planning to travel to the UAE to finalize logistics after July 6. However, they were unable to get the green light from the BCCI. The extension of the flight suspension added to their woes.

IPL 2021: Many franchises are concerned that bulk booking will become a problem in the coming days, as the borders will be open for travel and Dubai Expo 2021 is scheduled at the same time.

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“Unlike last year, bulk bookings will not be as easy this year as you will have people traveling around the country and this makes the work around bio-bubbles all the more critical” a franchise manager was cited by ANI.

Franchises will now need to apply for special permission to travel to the UAE. According to NOTAM, business and charter flights could continue to operate.

IPL 2021: Light in the dark for franchises

As logistical challenges continue to haunt IPL franchises, the availability of New Zealand players will give them some relief. According to a report from Cricket.com, a franchise manager has confirmed the availability of BlackCaps during the IPL Phase 2 window from September 19 to October 15.

This means that Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult among eight Kiwi cricketers will join their respective franchises.

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“We are very relieved now. The BCCI is in talks with the British and Australian councils to reach a consensus on this matter. Since April and May are reserved for the IPL, they are right to raise their own objections, but we now have confirmation of seeing New Zealand players in action ”, one of the franchise officials told Cricket.com

However, with the BlackCaps playing in Pakistan during the same window, some players might need to choose between a domestic engagement and an IPL assignment.

To read also in Hindi: IPL 2021 के लिए अच्छी खबर, वेस्टइंडीज के खिलाड़ी होंगे आईपीएल का हिस्सा, BCCI के अनुरोध को CPL ने माना

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