Cricket Predictions: IPL scenario No 4 - Bringing down the number of venues
Restricting the IPL to three-four venues will help the organizers book chartered flights for travel and sanitize the entire hotel where the teams stay.
This will not only be financially wise but will also reduce the risk of the virus spreading as a smaller area can be taken care of by the paramedical staff.
India, owing to a large number of grounds for international cricket, has not faced this problem but there are many places across the world which have a limited number of high-class stadiums. There, a group of teams play at one venue and other group plays at the second one on the three or four strips on the same ground.
After each team has played a couple of matches at a particular venue, both groups swap places and play a couple of matches at the other venue. This is a very cost-effective measure and not only helps to keep the tournament streamlined but also reduces the risk of fatigue due to excessive travel.
The model is successfully followed in many leagues across the world such as the Caribbean Premier League where chartered flights are booked for the travel of a group of four teams along with the support staff and all other crew members.
Going down this route will help the organizers sanitize the chartered flight and book the entire hotel. This will not only be financially wise but will also reduce the risk of the virus spreading as a smaller area can be taken care of by the paramedical staff.
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