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IPL SOP: Players Cannot Meet Their Teammates Before Third Test | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) has prepared the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the next IPL in the UAE in September. According to the document, accessed by TOI on Wednesday, players will not be able to reunite with their teammates until they complete the third Covid-19 test upon arrival in the UAE. That implies that players will have to be locked in their individual rooms for almost a week. Even after completing the test, common dining rooms have been banned. Players will be evaluated every five days.
The franchise medical team must obtain a complete medical and travel history (as of March 1, 2020) from all players and team support personnel at least 2 weeks before the scheduled departure to the UAE. This will be done through an online questionnaire along with a daily temperature log and a symptom checker that will be activated 2 weeks before the team meeting.
As reported by TOI on Wednesday, the board has recommended franchises to organize smaller, more secular properties for accommodation to avoid sharing air conditioning ducts in busy hotels. Even if franchises choose a hotel, they should make sure to reserve a full wing with a centralized air conditioning system separate from the rest of the hotel. TOI had reported that few franchises are already looking for resorts and apartment complexes. The IPL SOPs also suggested that teams should preferably fly players to the UAE on chartered flights.
The other important point in SOPs is about families traveling with players. It is clearly stated that family members will not be able to interact with anyone outside of the bio-bubble created by the franchises. Families cannot approach players during training and games. They are prohibited from entering the locker room and traveling in team vehicles. They can’t even share food.
Players are discouraged from changing on the ground. They are urged to reach the ground in their training kits. Player kits will also be stored on the ground. Empty stands could also be used as extended walk-in closets. It has also been said that there should be limited seating on the bench and no pens or pads should be shared.
“Where available, Scalene Hypercharge Corona Canon (Shycocan) will be installed, a device that has the ability to neutralize 99.9% of the coronavirus that could be floating in mid-air indoors,” the document said.

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