Dubai: Media personnel will not be allowed inside stadiums to cover IPL 2020 matches in the UAE, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said. The 13th edition of the IPL will begin today (September 19) in Abu Dhabi with defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) facing Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the tournament was moved out of India. All players, support staff and officials have to follow strict protocols. All eight teams are staying in bio-secure bubbles in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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In a media advisory issued by the BCCI, it said that media personnel will not be allowed inside stadiums to cover the matches and also team practice sessions.

“The Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Owing to the health and safety concerns, media personnel will not have access to the stadium to cover the games or team practice sessions,” the BCCI said on Friday night (September 18).

“Additionally, this year, owing to the circumstances, there will be no new media registrations barring the UAE media,” it added.

Further it stated, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recognises the high interest in the league and will facilitate virtual post-match press conferences after each match to the media. Media currently registered with the BCCI will continue to receive press releases and regular updates before and after every match. These press releases will contain details on procedures to join the virtual post-match press conferences and methods to send in questions for the team representatives during match-days.”

IPL 2020 will be played in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah from September 19 to November 10.