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IPL 2020: Squad Strength of Franchises to be Discussed at Governing Council Meet

by  Noman  •  Last updated on 2020-07-31 16:49:19

The IPL governing council is set to meet on Sunday and one of the main points of discussion in the meeting will be the squad strength of the franchises for the 2020 edition of the league.

Besides that, there will also be a push to formalise the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for this year's tournament which will be held in unique circumstances.

IPL 2020 was originally set to be held earlier this year but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament will now begin from September 19 and will be held in UAE.

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The last time a part of the tournament took place in UAE, franchises took smaller squads with them. However, the entirety of the tournament is set to be held in the Gulf country this time around.

To complicate matters further, each franchise has to create their own bio-bubble upon arriving in the country meaning there is an argument to limit the number of players in the squad.

However, it is understood that franchises would prefer having full strength squads while limiting the number of non-playing staff.

"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," a senior franchise official told TOI.

"On match days, there could be a cap on the number of people a franchise brings to ground. Even a few from the support staff could be asked to stay back in the hotel," he added.

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The complications that could arise as far as getting net bowlers for the teams is another argument for allowing franchises to keep their squads big.

"That's why the franchises need more players. The teams will be in UAE for nearly two and a half months. Getting net bowlers for so many teams will be tough," the official said.