IPL 2021: Will Virat Kohli & Co opt for a 4-day break before IPL 14?

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IPL 2021: Virat Kohli & Co to likely get a 4-day break. (BCCI/IPL)

IPL 2021: With just one week left before the ongoing series between India and England wraps up, Virat Kolhi’s ODI team will reportedly get a four-day break before joining their respective franchises ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. However, the players who will be part of the three-match series starting March 23, will have to undergo a seven-day quarantine once they rejoin the IPL 2021 bio-bubble.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday released the Standard of Procedure (SOP), according to which players who directly enter their IPL bio-bubble will not have to undergo any quarantine.

“After the conclusion of the India-England series, the players are moved directly to the franchise team hotel either in the team bus or on a chartered flight. The BCCI chief medical officer(CMO) must be satisfied with the arrangements” says the SOP.

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The series against England ends on March 28, InsideSport understands that while some might opt for the break, given the taxing bio-bubble since last August, others will head directly to their respective IPL team hotel, to begin preparations for the 50-day tournament.

IPL 2021: Why will players not take the break?

With the series getting over on March 28, and given the four-day break, players will return for IPL by April 1.

This means, they will have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine, which will get over by the eighth of the same month.

The IPL 2021 is scheduled to begin on April 9. It means, if players enter the bio-bubble late, they will not have any time to prepare for the season, something franchises might not want. Henceforth, it is likely players might opt out of the break.

IPL 2021: BCCI’s latest IPL SOPs

– Bubble-to-Bubble transfer rules will apply for them as long as they are flying by chartered flights.

– In IPL 2021 overall 12 Bubbles will be created – eight Bubbles include franchise teams and support staff, two Bubbles are meant for match officials and match management teams and two more bubbles for broadcast commentators and crew.

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– The BCCI’s officials and operations teams will not be part of any Bubble and as a consequence, the BCCI officials cannot interact in person with any player, team support staff, match management teams and broadcast crews.

– 4 Bubble integrity managers for each team. Their job will be to report any Bio-secure Environment protocol breaches by members of the franchise team to the BCCI Chief Medical Officer according to the note issued by BCCI.

– No Covid-19 vaccination drive for those involved in the league.

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