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BCCI face logistical conundrum after IPL cancellation
Organizing travel for the overseas players of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been nothing short of an ordeal for those involved, with a few franchises confessing, having been in a torrid time since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the suspension of the league on Tuesday on 4th May.
Having decided that the overseas players need to be sent back by charter flights, the CEOs and logistics managers of the teams, and the BCCI as well, have been working overtime in organizing flights and obtaining permissions for the take-offs. Complicating the whole exercise has been the fact that four of the eight franchises have players who have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Covid-19 free franchise players understandably cannot travel with the players from the other four and that has led to further complications. As if that was not enough, the franchise managers, to their surprise, have found a shortage of aircraft in India to fly their players out and at one stage a plan was drafted to hire a private aircraft from Dubai. "We have been planning since Tuesday afternoon and the plans have been changing every half an hour," said a Punjab Kings official.
"We're trying our best, but we don't have clarity on this so far," said an SRH manager on Tuesday. Twenty-four hours on and there has not been full clarity on the schedule to fly the West Indies and New Zealand players home. To begin with, the franchises have engaged Go-Air aircraft but they were struggling to organize one that can fly to the Caribbean, to Barbados specifically.