New Delhi: The Indian Premier League governing council is slated to meet on August 2. The main motto for this meeting is to decide on the strength of each squad and they are also looking to formalize the standard operating procedure for this year's tournament.
Normally an IPL franchise has 20-25 players in its squad and more than 15 support staff. This time the franchises will organize their bio-secure protocol after reaching the United Arab Emirates (UAE). So, it may possible that the franchises could be forced to limit the number of players and support staff in their respective squads. With more people in the bio-secure bubble for almost 2 months, it would be difficult for each of them to maintain the limitations.
The last time when the IPL was played in UAE in 2014, the franchises had taken along full-strength squads with no restrictions. Usually, the franchises release several players in the mid-season who aren't close to the playing XI. On the other hand, the franchises believe that there shouldn't be any compromise on the number of players in the squad, they could limit the support staffs but not the players.
"If at all there are directions on the squad strength, then the franchises would prefer to prune their non-playing staff. Some franchises will leave this decision to the coach and team management. Ideally, if there is a cap then it should be on the entourage as a whole. On match days, there could be a cap on the number of people a franchise brings to the ground. Even a few from the support staff could be asked to stay back in the hotel," a senior franchise official told TOI.
CSK plans to leave for UAE on August 10
Chennai Super Kings could touch the Dubai's feet by August 10, while Kolkata Knight Riders are eyeing August 20. IPL stakeholders want each team to leave for UAE by August 25 to maintain the international quarantine guidelines. BCCI is also dealing with Emirates Airlines to coordinate with the franchises but few franchises are already looking to book their personal chartered flights.