2020-09-08 13:39:51

While the rest of the world is struggling to deal with COVID-19, the United Arab Emirates has not only taken impressive steps to control the pandemic but has also retained its sportsmanship.

The committee's efforts to invite and receive competitors following all precautionary measures, as well as quarantine them in the hotels, provide training facilities and transport buses, conduct regular medical examinations, and offer appropriate services to all organizers and referees for three weeks, are indeed commendable.

On another front, the ties between the UAE and India will rise to new heights when this year's Indian Premier League, IPL cricket matches are pulled from India and played in the UAE from 19 September to November 10.

The IPL is a professional Indian sports league that has millions of fans in India, the subcontinent and the Gulf.

The UAE's ability to recover so quickly reflects its sportsmanship to the rest of the world.

All teams have undergone Covid-19 testing prior to their trip to the United Arab Emirates, following strict Covid-19 protocols, including the six-day quarantine before they could begin their pre-tournament training camps in world-class facilities. The task of keeping mental health in the best shape in a biosecure bubble for almost three months will be a great challenge for these players. To overcome this challenge, players must create a family atmosphere within their respective teams. The most important thing at this time is that all teams are on the same page and have a good family atmosphere. It is also important to stay in touch with their family at home. Other than that, everything else remains pretty much the same. No one can get out. for dinners and movies, but the team management has planned many team events and bonding sessions for them. Team members will spend a lot of time together in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. While the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have left no stone unturned in their quest to deliver a safe and successful tournament amid a global health crisis, players still have a fight on their hands.

The biosecurity bubble will help players get to know their teammates even better. This restriction will really help each player to develop a relationship with each other. At some point, everyone has been through difficult times during this pandemic. Perhaps for cricket enthusiasts, IPL is the best event to bring everyone together. Although this time it is not in India, I am still pretty sure that people from all over India will be watching it and getting some form of positivity out of it. So yes, it is important that the IPL is happening.

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