IPL 2021: No room available? Franchises Sweat On UAE Hotel Bookings – Here’s Why Cricket News
While the remainder of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) is due to be played in the United Arab Emirates from September 19 to October 15, some IPL franchises are sweating on logistics as the Dubai Expo also kicks off from October 1st.
Some franchises are wary of rising hotel room prices as the second half of the league collides with the Dubai Expo. In fact, they are also aware that creating a bio-bubble will be all the more difficult as people from all over the world arrive in Dubai for the six-month event.
The current COVID-19 situation has also pushed BCCI backwards and it has yet to approve some of the franchises to travel to the UAE to finalize hotel deals and plan their logistics.
Speaking to ANI, a franchise manager said that while a franchise team sought to travel to the UAE as soon as it got clearance from BCCI, they could now consider video calls to make the deal with the hotel she plans to stay in. during the IPL.
“We have yet to get the green light from BCCI and this is understandable given the COVID-19 situation. What we understand is that we will get clarification from the board of directors on the plan to come around July 15. After that we could be free to travel.
âBut looking at how the COVID-19 situation is constantly changing, we might consider video calls to complete bookings. We need to keep in mind the Dubai Expo and how difficult it might be to get rooms in bulk every day. day passes, “ said the official.
Another manager explained how getting chambers with an eye on bio-bubble protocols could be a big challenge for teams.
âWe have the Dubai Expo starting October 1. Getting hotel rooms isolated from the rest of the guests staying in a hotel can be a real challenge. It’s not the same as last time as tourists coming to UAE last time was minimal compared to what is expected for Expo. The sooner we can close the deal the better because once we have locked the rooms we have to play the bubble that must be foolproof â, said the official.
An official from another team said prices have skyrocketed and furthermore, getting 80-100 rooms in a wing can be difficult, which is all the more critical when it comes to managing the bio-bubble.
“We are considering a new hotel this time around and we want around 80 to 100 rooms and preferably in a separate wing so that there is no chance of players or staff entering and exiting the same passage as the one used. by guests staying in the hotel.
âThere is no doubt that creating the bubble will be a challenge as we will have more people entering the UAE this time around compared to last year. The logistics team will need to sit down with the hotel map and plan meticulously because there is no second chance here “, said the official.