Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has reportedly prepared Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) in UAE from September 19 and will be sent to the franchise soon.
According to the SOP, players will have to go four tests in two weeks, two in India before leaving for UAE and other two in quarantine in UAE. As part of the SOPs, all the members of the bio-bubble will not be allowed to break the bio-bubble.
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“Once they are in the bio-bubble, no one can break it and rejoin,” a BCCI official said.
The franchise will decide whether to allow Family members and WAGs if allowed will be part of the bio-bubble.
“The BCCI will not decide whether WAGs and family members can travel with the players, we have left it to the franchises. But we have put out a protocol in which everyone, even team bus drivers, can’t leave the bio-bubble,” the official added.
In the initial part of the tournament, fans will not be allowed but will be allowed later depending upon the coronavirus situation. Social distancing will be also practised inside the bio-bubble, commentators inside the studio will sit six feet apart. Also, dugout will be less crowded and only 15 players will be allowed in the dressing room. Social distancing will also be followed during pre-match and post-match presentations.
“The SOP will be handed over to the franchises once we have a meeting with them next week. If they have any grievances, they can come back to the board and we will discuss it,” the official said.