Ahead of the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) has formulated a 46-page health advisory that includes all the pointers that everyone associated with the league needs to follow and circulated it among all the franchises.
The Board has set up 14 bio-secure bubbles, of which eight belongs to the franchises participating in the league. All the franchises will have to quarantine for six days before entering the bio-bubble.
“Within the Bio-Secure Environment, 14 bubbles will be created as mentioned below: Franchise teams and support staff – 8 Bubble, Match Officials & Match Management Team – 3 Bubbles, Broadcast Commentators and crew – 3 Bubbles.”
“All franchise team members must quarantine in their hotel room for 6 full days before entering the bubble. Upon arrival and before commencing any group training activities, all team members who will be included in the bubble will follow the below mentioned COVID-19 RT-PCR testing plan. A nasopharyngeal swab will be taken for testing. Test reports are available within 8-12 hours after sample collection,” states the health advisory, accessed by ANI.
The players coming from West Indies after participating in the CPL 2021 will be transferred directly from one bubble to another. They won’t be needing to undergo a six-day isolation period.
“Players and team support staff coming directly from the bubble created for the England vs India series, Sri Lanka vs South Africa series and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) may be permitted to join the franchise squad without serving the mandatory quarantine period, provided they satisfy the below-mentioned criteria. Commentators and broadcast crew who are working on the above three series’ can also avail bubble to bubble transfers provided they satisfy the criteria,” states the advisory.
The second leg of the IPL 2021 is all set to commence on September 19, with the opening match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
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