Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) made many adjustments to start IPL this season on 19 September as Coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe. The BCCI created Bio-bubble for players so limit the spread of disease in players. They decided to fine players If they break Bio-bubble rules in this season of IPL.
As per a PTI report, players will have to quarantine themselves for six days for an “unauthorised departure” from the bubble. BCCI sent a notification to teams which read if player break the rule first time they will be fined. The players could be fined as much 3000 AED (60,000 INR approx.) for not completing their daily health passport, not wearing GPS tracker and missing a scheduled COVID-19 test. If the same player repeated the offence he has to miss one game and if the third offence committed by the same player, the player can be removed from the tournament. As per the guidelines, all the players and staff members are tested once every five days.
Even if a franchise allows “any person into the bubble to interact with players/support staff” it will have to pay fine of INR 1 crore. If the repeated the offence, the team will lose one point and third time violation of protocol team will lead to losing a couple of points. Family members of players and support staff have to follow the same protocols in this season. Also in a scenario where multiple people are required to be quarantined and the franchise has less than 12 players available for a match, the BCCI will try to reschedule the contest. In a case where the rescheduling is not possible, the team will lose points of that game.
A lot of strict norms to be followed. Despite that, it is the demand of the situation due to the pandemic that is going on. The teams understand this and follow the rules as minutely as possible. The success of the tournament will depend on the co-operation and implementation of every norm that has been put out, as perfectly as possible.
CSK CEO: KM Asif didn’t break any protocols
There was some news about Chennai Super Kings player KM Asif that he broke Bio-bubble protocols though CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan denied these reports and said he didn’t break any protocols. Chennai camp were caught up in a controversy before the few days of IPL as their 13 members infected with Coronavirus including a batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad and pacer Deepak Chahar. Many blamed their camp in Chennai as squad members found positive of disease. Chennai’s veteran batsman Suresh Raina and experienced spinner Harbhajan Singh pulled out from this season of IPL due to their reasons but Raina cited his fears about the safety of Bio-bubble.
So BCCI and all franchises became more aware and made strict protocols for all players and support staff. Coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe in last year and claimed a million people globally.
Already two players, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Amit Mishra have been ruled out of the competition (IPL 2020) due to injuries. Franchisees will not want to lose more of their star players in the upcoming days. That is why they will want to avoid any such problems.
The tournament has started off in full-flow. However, the teams will now be focused on finishing in a top-four spot, as they look to win the IPL title. The competition is away from home this time and it can favour any team that plays well.
Consistency is the key at present and things could really get interesting, as we head towards the business end of things. Let’s wait and watch what the teams do now, with the tournament getting more intense, week-by-week.
Things have looked good so far and all the rules have been followed with intense care. Hopefully, things continue the way that they are and there is no problem, as it could halt the tournament for all we know. Sourav Ganguly himself has been moderating the situation at the ground-level, which is really good to see as well.
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