The Rajasthan Royals (RR) franchise Chief Operating Office Jake Lush McCrum on Saturday confirmed that the BCCI has restructured the procedures for the IPL 2020. This will allow players from Australia and England to take part in the league without missing any matches.
England and Australia are already scheduled to engage in three T20Is and ODI series, starting from September 4 and the convenience of players from both sides for the first few matches of the IPL was in question.
The two-sided series will get over on September 16, and previously the BCCI had specified to franchises that it was not likely to relax the obligatory seven-day quarantine period that players had to undergo after arriving in the UAE.
Yet, in an exclusive communication with ANI, the Rajasthan Royals’ COO confirmed that BCCI has decided to update its conventions concerning the quarantine standards.
“The BCCI protocols have actually been updated in the last few days and I’m pleased to say our English and Australian stars playing in the series pre IPL should be available for our first IPL match. Either way, we have a quality squad with the depth to manage any situation,” McCrum told ANI.
“The English and Australian players will be competing against each other in a high-quality series right before the IPL which has many positives, the most important being it will enable them to be at full match fitness. I’m sure they will hit the ground running in the UAE for the IPL,” he added.
Royals have the greatest number of England and Australia players in their team, with Steve Smith leading the franchise. Several star players such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer are also a part of the side.
McCrum also shed light on how the procedure will reveal if a player ends up testing positive for coronavirus during the tournament. The Rajasthan Royals COO spoke about the COVID Task Force that has been set up by the franchise.
“Suspected or positive cases will immediately be isolated from the team and the case will be managed by the team doctor in accordance with the IPL medical team. Contract tracing will begin immediately. The BCCI has put together a list of accredited hospitals that will be fully equipped to handle all such cases. All cases will, however, be treated as per set guidelines and protocols of the UAE government,” McCrum said.
As per BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), the players have to endure RT-PCR tests on Day 1, 3, and 6 of the quarantine time and then they will be entering the bio-bubble on the condition that they test negative on all three times.
“We have set up our own COVID-19 taskforce, which will act as a response team for all queries and any action to be taken during the tournament. This team is being led by Anuja Dalvi, the Indian female physio who has international experience in cricket and other sports, supported by team physiotherapist John Gloster and team doctor, Rob Young. They will be responsible for regular monitoring and medical assessment to ensure the safety of the entire team staying in the UAE,” McCrum added.
Lately, Royals united with homegrown brand Niine to generate awareness regarding the acceptance of safe menstrual hygiene practices.
“We are extremely proud to be welcoming Niine to the Royals family. The impact that the announcement created across social media around the world was really exciting. At Rajasthan Royals, we have always had a clear focus on Women Empowerment and are driven to make a significant long-term impact.” McCrum said, talking about the association.
“Niine’s social purpose is something which holds great value for us and it was one of the most striking conversations we have had with a partner. We are passionate about making an impact on issues rarely touched on in the sport, and the ability to raise awareness around female hygiene, using IPL and its viewership of around 800m, is a perfect example,” he added.