The moment that die-hard cricket fans had been waiting for has almost arrived! They no longer will have to keep surfing the net to look for the latest cricket news. The second phase of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to commence from 19th September 2021.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had told all the eight franchises earlier to ensure full vaccination of the participants. In addition, a 46-page health advisory has been issued by the BCCI to the participating teams’ stakeholders and has told them to follow all the COVID-19 protocols during the remaining 31 games.
Undergoing 6 Days of Quarantine
On entering the phrase latest cricket news on the net, the burning topic that cricket fans shall come across is the 6 days of quarantine that the participants are bound to face for the first time in cricket history.
By considering the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the BCCI has ordered all franchise team members to quarantine in their hotel room for 6 full days before entering 14 bio-secure bubbles.
Guidelines Issued by BCCI
A COVID-19 RT-PCR test has been planned for all team members who will be included in the bubble. The guidelines for the test are to be followed upon arrival and before any group training activity. Later, the test reports will be available within 8-12 hours after the sample is collected.
The guidelines issued for transportation are as follows:
- The cars and buses allotted by the BCCI shall be sanitized regularly.
- The members within a bubble shall be allocated specific vehicles, and they must travel through those vehicles only.
- The drivers allotted for the vehicles will be included as a member of the bubble. Hence, the drivers will undergo temperature screening and also be tested regularly for COVID-19.
Bubbles for Creating a Bio-Secure Environment
Below is a table to provide a sneak-peek into the details of the latest news related to cricket, highlighting the allocation of the 14 bio-secure bubbles.
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Also Read: IPL Schedule 2021 [Phase 2]
Exceptions Created by Satisfying Specific Criteria
The team support staff and players who come directly from the bubble created for Sri Lanka vs South Africa series, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and the England vs India series need not serve the mandatory quarantine period to join the franchise squad. Though, for falling under this exception, they must satisfy the criteria mentioned under the health advisory guidelines issued by the BCCI.
The commentators and broadcast crew who are working on the above three series can also avail bubble to bubble transfer.
This latest news in the field of cricket is driving media attention as it has not been a regular practice to hold the IPL in such a format. Also, the changes in the usual routine of conducting sports-related events were never predicted. Therefore, both the participants and the audience are curious to watch the event unfold.