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IPL in time of Covid: No fans, 4 tests in two weeks for players

Written by Devendra Pandey
| Mumbai |

Up to date: July 30, 2020 7:27:21 am


Whereas the federal government’s approval to maneuver IPL-13 to the UAE is awaited, the Emirates Cricket Board has confirmed its curiosity in internet hosting the occasion after receiving a request from the BCCI. (File picture)

NO FANS contained in the stadium not less than at first, commentators to take a seat six toes aside in studios, much less crowded dugouts, no more than 15 gamers in a dressing room, post-match award displays to comply with social distancing norms — and 4 Covid assessments in two weeks for all gamers.

These are a few of the key norms within the Commonplace Working Process (SOP) ready by the Indian cricket board to be despatched quickly to IPL franchise homeowners for the T20 match that’s anticipated to be held within the UAE from September to November.

Whereas the federal government’s approval to maneuver IPL-13 to the UAE is awaited, the Emirates Cricket Board has confirmed its curiosity in internet hosting the occasion after receiving a request from the BCCI.

Talking to The Indian The Press Reporter, a BCCI official mentioned it’s not simply the gamers on the sector, even their wives and girlfriends (WAGs), and franchise homeowners, should comply with the norms for the “bio-bubble” that shall be outlined.

“As soon as they’re within the bio-bubble, nobody can break it and rejoin,” the official mentioned.

“The BCCI is not going to determine whether or not WAGs and relations can journey with the gamers, we have now left it to the franchises. However we have now put out a protocol through which everybody, even staff bus drivers, can’t go away the bio-bubble,” the official mentioned. “The SOP shall be handed over to the franchises as soon as we have now a gathering with them subsequent week. If they’ve any grievances, they’ll come again to the board and we’ll focus on it.”

The SOP additionally states that every participant will bear 4 Covid assessments within the span of two weeks earlier than the beginning of the match. Two assessments shall be held in India previous to departure and two throughout quarantine within the UAE.

The SOP has been ready on the strains of norms devised by the England and Wales Cricket Board for the Take a look at sequence in opposition to the West Indies.

Prior to now, gamers who signify India have joined the IPL groups individually however no such leisure can be allowed this time. They should enter the bio-bubble together with the remainder of their squad members.

With most franchises having squads of 20 gamers or extra, together with sizeable help workers, a few of the key pointers of the SOP are about lodging. The groups gained’t be permitted to alter motels as soon as they’re allotted.

The BCCI has already requested franchises to work out logistics and lodge preparations, though the board will assist in getting reductions throughout bookings. It’s learnt that solely caterers who’ve examined damaging shall be allowed contained in the motels, dressing rooms and different designated areas.

The BCCI will hand over SOPs to broadcasters and match officers, as properly.

With the Covid curve anticipated to flatten within the UAE by then, the official mentioned there was a risk that followers may watch the motion reside from the stands from September. However the BCCI isn’t taking any probabilities. “We don’t wish to take dangers. No less than for the early a part of the match, the video games shall be performed behind closed doorways,” the official mentioned.

In keeping with Gulf News, the UAE introduced 375 new circumstances Wednesday, taking the case depend within the nation to 59,921, with 53,202 recoveries.

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