Reports: Franchises unhappy over lack of access to players ahead of IPL 2022

A ten-day camp has been conducted by BCCI in Bangalore means the franchises will not have access to their players until as late as March 18.

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The IPL fever is about to start in a few weeks’ time and the ten-team tournament has created a lot of excitement for the fans waiting. The Ranji Trophy league phase recently concluded and the IPL participants will reach Maharashtra for various training camps. The Indian players were set to arrive by March 12 to start off the practice sessions but there might be delays on the date now which has reportedly left the franchises unhappy.

With the tournament starting on March 26, the franchises would ideally want their players at least two weeks prior, however, the recent ten-day Bangalore camp organised by BCCI for nearly 25 players will now allow the white-ball specialists to join the respective franchises by only March 15. With three days of quarantine for IPL participants, the date would go on to March 18 for the big names and they will miss a lot of action from the franchisee’s point of view.

According to Cricbuzz, the matter has been taken to the IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel and CEO Hemang Amin by the franchises over “denial of contractual right to have access to the players two weeks prior to the start of the league”. This has created a rift between the BCCI sources and the franchises and a discussion took place to solve the matter.

Last five days of Bangalore Camp to take place in the Bio Bubble environment

The franchise and BCCI sources came to an agreement that in order to cut down the three days of quarantine before entering the IPL bio bubble, the players in the Bangalore camp will undergo a similar bio bubble environment in their last five days. This will mean that the players can join their respective franchise’s bio bubble by March 15.

The Bangalore camp has been organised by BCCI for selected white ball players to make sure their roles and responsibilities are sorted out ahead of T20 World Cup 2022 and it will take place under the guidance of the head coach and the selection committee.