These times of COVID-19 bring a lot of troubles and tribulations for organizers and players. Though many sports have resumed, things are still grim for many sports.
Cricket, however, is back on its feet in some minor capacity. With the England vs West Indies tour being the first in line, things are moving on a positive note for the game.
The same is the case with the Indian Premier League (IPL). With cases rampantly rising in India, the event cannot be hosted in domestic territories. However, the UAE has offered its services to host the event.
Special norms for IPL in UAE introduced
Some of the key norms in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) are prepared by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to be sent soon to IPL franchise owners for the T20 tournament. It is expected to be held in the UAE from September to November.
No fans inside the stadium at least, in the beginning, commentators to sit six feet apart in studios, less crowded dugouts, not more than 15 players in a dressing room, post-match award presentations to follow social distancing norms — and four COVID-19 tests in two weeks for all players.
The SOP also states that each player will undergo four COVID tests in two weeks before the start of the tournament. Two tests will be held in India before departure and two during quarantine in the UAE.
“Once they are in the bio-bubble, no one can break it and re-join,” the official states.
“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 states.
“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.”
“We don’t want to take risks. At least for the early part of the tournament, the games will be played behind closed doors,” the official states.