As per a report by Cricbuzz, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued an elaborate advisory in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic for the state teams participating in the domestic championships. India’s 2021-22 domestic season starts later this year and the championships will run till April next year.
The BCCI has sternly stated that the use of public transport by the players or any other staff involved in the tournaments is strictly prohibited. In the advisory, the board has also stated that the participating teams can accommodate at most 30 members with only 20 players and 10 support staff members.
“Each team is encouraged to have a team physician to manage COVID related issues,” the BCCI advisory said. “Use of public transport viz. share rides (Uber, Ola, etc), trains, local bus network, etc is strictly prohibited during the tournament.”
The advisory has also stated in detail regarding the match fees. “20 players will be eligible for Match fee (Playing XI will be eligible for 100 per cent while the remaining 9 will be entitled to 50 per cent). In the case where a Team India cricketer is deputed by the BCCI to participate in domestic cricket, he or she will be eligible for a match fee over and above the 20 players based on Playing XI and non-Playing XI status in the matches.”
“All players and support staff must quarantine in their respective hotel rooms for 6 days after arrival at the hotel. Upon arrival and before commencing any training activities, all players and team support staff who will be included in the Bio-Secure Environment will be subjected to the below mentioned COVID-19 RT-PCR testing plan. A nasopharyngeal swab will be taken for testing. Test reports are available within 12-24 hours after sample collection,” the advisory states.
The BCCI has also elaborately stated the Covid-19 rules in the advisory. According to them, an isolation period of 10 days is a must for anyone testing positive for the coronavirus.
“Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days and seek advice from local health authorities. During their 10-day isolation period, the individual must repeat the RT-PCR tests, at least 24 hours apart, on Day 9 and Day 10 from the day the first RT-PCR test was conducted. Provided the individual is without any symptoms associated with COVID-19 for more than 24 hours, has not taken any medications in the previous 24 hours and both test reports are negative, they may be allowed to join their team.”
For players, who wish to leave the bio-secure bubble due to emergencies or other purposes shall do so while using a PPE kit provided to them. “In exceptional circumstances, if players are required to visit a hospital for scans or non-COVID treatment, special corridors will be created to avoid close contact with any individuals who are outside their bio-secure bubble. Players and accompanying team staff must wear PPE (face masks and gloves) during hospital visits,” the advisory states.
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