The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally handed over the detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL 2020) to the franchises. As per the SOP’s franchises have been instructed primarily on 8 accounts relating to testing, accommodation, social distancing at ground and in hotels, appointment of team doctors and various other aspects. The BCCI has instructed the IPL franchises clearly to minimize the contact not only with the other franchises but also with-in the squads.
BCCI has instructed that the even the team meeting before and after the games should be conducted virtually by the IPL franchises.
IPL 2020 : BCCI handovers SOP’s to franchises, 8 important instructions given
Instruction 1 : Regular Testing for players, support staff and others – All players, domestic and overseas, will have to undergo 5 tests before entering the bio-secure bubble. Players and support staff will have to undergo tests every 5th day after entering the bio-secure bubble. After two successful COVID-19 PCR tests, 24 hours apart, players will be allowed to fly to the UAE. Players will be put up in hotels and will be in quarantine during which they will give 3 more Covid-19 tests over 6 days.
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 should be asked to quarantine and seek medical advice. After completion of their 14-day quarantine period, the individual is required to take two COVID-19 PCR tests, 24 hours apart, and if both test reports are negative, he/she may be allowed to fly out to the UAE.
Players and support staff who arrive in the UAE will be giving 3 Tests — Day 1, Day 3 and Day 6. After all three successful tests, players will be allowed to enter the biosecure bubble. Players and support staff will not be allowed to leave the bubble once entered throughout the duration of IPL 2020.
Instruction 2 : Separate hotels for franchises – All 8 franchises has been instructed to stay in a separate hotel. At no point, two franchises can stay in a same hotel. Players and support staff for each franchise will have to maintain distance from the other franchise. They should not mingle around with each other.
Instruction 3 : social distancing in dressing rooms – Each IPL team will have to maintain social distancing in the dressing rooms. At no point more than 15 players will be allowed to sit in the dressing room. Support staff other than required will not enter the dressing rooms.
Instruction 4 : Electronic team sheets – Each IPL team will be given electronic team sheet which will be handed over before each IPL game.
Instruction 5 : recommendations for virtual team meetings – BCCI has directed the franchises to do team meetings virtually. This means while staying in a same hotel, physical contact will be minimized between the players. All team meetings will be conducted virtually.
Instruction 6 : Appoint Team Doctor : Each franchise has been instructed to appoint a team doctor who will be responsible for ensuring bio-secure guidelines during the tournament.
Instruction 7 : Collect Medical and Travel history of each squad member – The franchise medical team should obtain a complete medical and travel history starting 1st March 2020 of all players and team support staff at least 2 weeks before the scheduled departure to UAE. Be it the traveling support staff or players, travel history of each member would be collected.
Instruction 8 : No ban on families but they have to follow protocols – Franchises have been directed that players can travel with their families but even they have to follow the norms followed by the players. The franchises should ensure the close ones of the players follow all the protocols that are in place for the players and the support staff.