The Board of Control for Cricket in India has got the formal permission from the Government of India to stage the Indian Premier League in the UAE.
The BCCI was compelled to shift the IPL 2020 matches to the Emirates due to the rise in the novel coronavirus cases in the country.
IPL chairman Brijesh Patel has confirmed to national news agency PTI that the formal approval to conduct the tournament in the UAE has been received today (Monday).
“Yes, we have received all the written approvals,” Patel has confirmed.
It is mandatory to get a go-ahead from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to secure a ‘sports event licence’, mandatory document for the immigration and emigration purposes.
The sports ministry permission was first to come, while the MEA had given a go-ahead late last week. The file was finally cleared following the home ministry nod.
The BCCI had already given a tentative confirmation to the Emirates Cricket Board to start preparations for staging 60 IPL games in the UAE.
With the formal permission in place, the franchisees can now apply for visas and confirm their travel plans.
Most of the franchisees will be flying out after August 20 after two mandatory RT-PCR (COVID-19 tests) conducted within 24 hours from their departure base.
The Chennai Super Kings players and staff, who are leaving on August 22, will reportedly have a small camp at the Chepauk on the insistence of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.