first_imgAbu Dhabi: The wait for the 13th season of the Indian Premier League is just 8 days away. All teams are in the final stages of training. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has left for the UAE to prepare for the final stages of the IPL. Ganguly shared a picture of himself standing next to a plane to travel for fans on Instagram. ‘The first flight for the IPL in six months. Ganguly posted the picture with the caption ‘Interesting life changes’. Ganguly left for the UAE wearing a mask and face mask, following Kovid’s instructions as part of the standard operating procedure. Ganguly arrives to assess the final stage of preparations as all the official matters have already been completed. This is a very challenging IPL for the BCCI. With Kovid in the background, it is very difficult to run a successful tournament with so many players participating. The IPL is a very lucrative tournament for the BCCI, but not this time. The BCCI has suffered a loss of about Rs 230 crore since the Chinese company Vivo withdrew from the title sponsorship. Earlier, the BCCI had received around Rs 420 crore from Vivo. But this time the sponsorship of the Dream XI title was Rs 220 crore.In addition, the BCCI suffered heavy losses in advertising as all Chinese companies decided to withdraw from the IPL. Besides, the BCCI is also at a loss as it is unable to admit spectators this time. The cost of bringing in foreign players is currently borne by the franchise as well. The franchisees have made it clear that there is a lack of adequate sponsors this time around. Accommodation for players and staff is a huge expense in the current situation.Earlier in the day, Kovid’s confirmation at the CSK camp had raised concerns, but now that everyone is free, it’s comforting news. The inaugural match will be between defending champions Mumbai Indians and former champions Chennai Super Kings on the 19th. This is the first IPL after MS Dhoni retired from international cricket. Get the latest news from myKhel. Allow Notificationslast_img

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