IPL 2020: Tata Group may also lose opportunity to create bio secure bubble

An Abu Dhabi-based health group may pip Tata and bag deal to create the bio-secure bubble for the safe conduct of the Indian Premier League 2020 in the UAE.

Tata Group after having opted out of the Indian Premier League title sponsorship race may also miss another expected contract with the upcoming league in the UAE.

Tata Group, besides being the frontrunner for the IPL title sponsorship rights, has also made headlines for the likely deal to create the bio-secure bubble for the IPL 2020 in the UAE.

That deal may also not come through now. Khaleej Times has reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India officials have met the VPS Healthcare Group management.

VPS Healthcare Group may pip the Tata Group in securing the contract to create the COVID-19 free zones for the IPL, to be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 8.

The teams, officials and other stakeholders are expected to reach the UAE early next week. They will be staying in a bio-secure bubble to avoid the threat of COVID-19 infection.

It was reported earlier that the Tata Group and the BCCI have arrived at a deal, worth ₹ 100 crores, to provide the service during the course of the teams’ and officials’ stay in the Emirates.

The paper now reports that the VPS Healthcare Group is in pole position to become the official healthcare partner for the IPL 2020.

The UK-based Restrata was also in the race to secure the contract.

VPS Healthcare, owned by Indian entrepreneur Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, has a chain of 20 high-tech hospitals and facilites in the UAE. The hospital network has also been conducting COVID-19 tests in the UAE.

VPS Healthcare has also offered medical services to the IPL when the league was staged in the UAE in 2014.

VPS Healthcare was the first group in the UAE to offer its hospital to fight the pandemic.

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