IPL 2021 Phase 2: No 6 days quarantine for players coming from Bio-bubbles – The Indian cricket team which toured Sri Lanka in the month of July will be allowed the bubble to bubble transfer for the IPL 2021 phase 2 starting from September 19. This means that the players will not have to stay in quarantine for 6 days if they are coming from another bio-bubble. (India tour of Sri Lanka)
Indian players coming after playing series in England, Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021) and those competing in South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka can also get exemption from hotel quarantine.
BCCI issued a 46-page health advisory for IPL 2021 on Friday.
“Players and team support staff coming directly from the Bubble created for 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,” BCCI wrote in advisory according to Cricbuzz.
Nine Indian players had to miss the last two matches of the India tour of Sri Lanka (IND vs SL) as Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnappa Gowtham were tested positive for COVID-19. Thus players coming from Sri Lanka-South Africa series might not get exemption from 6 days quartine. Sri Lanka will host South Africa for three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals from September 14.
BCCI also made it clear that those who are not a part of any bubble will have to undergo a six-day quarantine.
“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,” BCCI said in an advisory.
As many as 14 bubbles will be created by BCCI for the smooth conduct of IPL 2021 phase 2.
14 Bio Bubbles in IPL 2021 Phase 2
8 – Teams
3 – Match Officials
3 – Broadcast commentators and crew
“During the IPL 2021, members within a Bubble must travel only in the dedicated vehicles from a fleet of buses and cars accredited by BCCI, which will be sanitised regularly. The drivers of all such vehicles will also be in the respective Bubbles, tested regularly for COVID-19 and undergo temperature screening,” the advisory stated.
The IPL 2021 was suspended due to a breach in bio-bubble thus BCCI also issued a warning to those breaching bubble. “Breach of any Bio-Secure Environment protocols by franchise members or their families will be subject to disciplinary action by the BCCI,” BCCI warned players.