One mistake could “spoil” the entire tournament, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Monday warned his colleagues in the IPL’s first virtual team meeting, while imploring them to do all they can to keep the bio-bubble secure.
It was a team meeting like no other but Kohli meant business straightaway as he urged his colleagues to strictly follow the protocols put in place by the authorities in the UAE, the venue of the upcoming edition of IPL, in view of COVID-19 pandemic.
Moved out of India due to the pandemic, the 13th edition of the world’s biggest T20 league will be played across the three venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.
At the start of the meeting, a video of which the franchise shared on its Twitter handle, Kohli said, “From my end it’s very awkward to have a welcome meeting like this but (this is) something that we probably have to get used to quite a bit.
“I think we have done pretty well to Dubai firstly safe and sound.”
As per the protocols, RT-PCR tests are to be conducted on everyone on Day 1, 3 and 6 of the quarantine, after which all the players who return negative for all the three tests will enter the tournament bio-bubble.
The players and support staff were already tested multiple times before departure for the UAE.