The UAE government banning all direct flights from India until July 21 has been a cause for concern for all IPL franchises, including the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan explained how the franchises are caught in an uneasy situation, given the lack of clarity over dates regarding the upliftment of the travel ban.
The franchises cannot travel to the UAE and are finding it hard to get their logistics in place for the second phase of IPL 2021, which is to be played in September-October. In an interaction with Insidesport.co, Viswanathan opened up about the challenges that the franchises are facing in conducting the tournament. The CSK CEO said:
"Finding hotels won’t be a problem. As far as the hotel is concerned, we are already in talks. That should not be a problem. Whenever BCCI confirms the dates, we will finalize the bookings. But the flight ban is definitely a problem, it delays our plans.”
There are also concerns over the rise in prices of hotels as well as their availability, given the Dubai Expo (an event expected to attract 25 million visitors) and ICC T20 World Cup are going to be conducted around the same time in the UAE.
CSK had a terrific run in the 1st phase of IPL 2021
CSK are currently sitting in second spot in the points table with five wins from their first seven games. They are among the firm favorites to reach the playoffs, and many see them as strong contenders for the title, given their comprehensive performances this season. It remains to be seen if they can extend their momentum during the second phase of the IPL.
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The official schedule for the second phase is not yet out, but various reports suggest that the BCCI will conduct the remainder of the tournament between September 19 to October 15.