Amid coronavirus 13th edition of Indian Premier League will be played in United Arab Emirates (UAE), the preparations for the same have begun. Board of Control for Cricket in India has prepared a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for IPL, under which players will be tested 4 times in 14 days, besides that only 15 players will be allowed in a dressing room at a time. The governing council meeting is scheduled to be held after 2 days, in that meeting board will hand over the SOP to franchises.
Quarantine protocol: As per the current health protocol in Dubai, there is no need to be in quarantine if people are carrying a negative Covid-19 test report, but if they are not, they will have to undergo a test.
Covid-19 tests: Players will have to undergo four rounds of coronavirus testing two in India before departure and twice during the quarantine period in UAE. Testing will be a must for all passengers arriving in UAE and the same will apply for players and staff.
Bio-secure bubble: Each franchise will have to create its bubble in which the team will only be interacting with the limited number of people in their ecosystem or allotted to them by BCCI. A similar bubble will be created for BCCI and the IMG staff, broadcasters, etc according to a report.
DXB App: Every player who visits UAE for IPL 2020 must install the DXB App on their smartphone which is UAE’s equivalent of India’s Aarogya Setu app. Social distancing rules will be implemented and need to be followed on and off the field.
Travel & accommodation: According to a report, all franchises will have to figure their travel arrangements and accommodation in UAE. BCCI will coordinate with UAE authorities to ensure “discounted hotel rates” and share it with the franchises. It will then be the franchise’s discretion to settle for options provided by BCCI or make their arrangements.
Dressing room protocols: Players will have to join their respective teams at the same time, a maximum of 15 players to be permitted inside the team dressing room.