Capitals keen to host training camp in Delhi ahead of IPL in UAE

IANS/New Delhi
Filed on July 31, 2020
Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer with coach Ricky Ponting (Delhi Capitals Twitter)

A final call on the training camp for the Delhi Capitals' India players will be taken only after the IPL Governing Council meeting on Sunday

The Delhi Capitals are looking to host a camp for its Indian players from August 15 in the national capital ahead of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.

The 13th edition of the popular T20 league will be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 8, pending government approval.

A final call on the training camp for the Delhi Capitals' India players will be taken only after the IPL Governing Council meeting on Sunday.

A DC official said that it would be more about getting the boys together and working as a group to help the cricketers get back into the groove while maintaining the health protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"While the BCCI has informed us about the dates of the tournament, we are waiting for some finer details from the governing council meeting. Once that is done, a final call will be taken. As of now, we are looking at a camp from August 15, but that is subject to change as per the outcome of the GC. Once the owners are given the directives by the BCCI, we will hit the ground running," the official said.

Asked about how the outcome of the GC meeting might change plans, the official said: "The GC will clear a lot of doubts about logistics when it comes to the UAE. So, after that, we can also think of having a camp sooner in the city, or just assemble here and head to the UAE at the earliest. One thing is clear, the foreign players will be directly going to the UAE.

"We also need clarity about how the bubble will work, how the BCCI has planned the roadmap and how it integrates with the blueprint created by us. But yes, as things stand, we are looking at a short camp in the city before flying to the UAE.

"Most of the Indian cricketers have been locked in their flats and the idea will be to slowly get them back into the groove. They are all professionals, so it is more about the mental aspect after staying indoors for so long. Also, having a camp at your base helps," he said.

The IPL GC is expected to announce the tournament schedule on Sunday after which the franchises will make their respective plans for the league.

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