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BCCI issues IPL SOP guidelines to franchises

The Board of Control for Cricket in India ahs issued a Standard Operating Procedure to all the franchises regarding the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) which is scheduled to happen from September 19 to November 10 this year.

According to a report by the ESPNCRICINFO, the SOP includes rigours testing, travel, training and lodging rules for the players and the support staffs and other officials.

Here are a few key points from the report

  • All the members who are travelling to be tested negative twice within a 24-hour window before assembling to leave for UAE
  • If infected, they would have to undergo a two week quarantine before getting tested twice again. If tested negative twice, then they might travel and join the squad.
  • Members will be tested at the UAE airport as soon as they land before getting to the hotel.
  • Each team would stay in a seperate hotel and they would undergo a seven day quarantine before starting training.
  • During quarantine, they will be tested thrice and only if all three tests come negative they can join the squad.
  • Everyone would be tested on the fifth day of every week.
  • Non-Indian players and staff have to carry the negative result of the test carried out in the last 96 hours before arriving in the UAE.
  • If someone tests positive during the tournament, they would undergo self isolated quarantine in a santised room of the same hotel.
  • Social distancing to be practiced even within the bubble and the members are strictly advised not to break the bubble.
  • Families of squad members are allowed to travel to the UAE and stay inside the bio-secure bubble, but the final decision on that front will remain with each franchise.
  • It is mandatory that each team should have a medical doctor on board to help them

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