In an elaborate document listing out Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and bio-secure protocols, BCCI has permitted Bubble to Bubble transfers for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League season, reports Cricbuzz. The BCCI has said players can directly enter a franchise bubble from their national-team Bubbles.
BCCI stated that the players can directly enter their respective franchise bubble without having to undergo a quarantine period. In other circumstances (excluding the national team), everyone – be it a player, owner, franchise management member, commentator, or a match official – must undergo seven days of quarantine.
It is a major relief for the team expecting the overseas bubble like those who are taking part in the series between South Africa and Pakistan during April. The bubble-to-bubble rule will only apply to these players if they are flying by chartered flights. Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje will be able to join their franchises straight away once ODI series against Pakistan comes to an end on April 7.
This report also confirmed that BCCI has allowed Indian and English players to join franchises straightaway if they are directly coming from the team bubbles during the ongoing white ball series. The transport measure will have to be strictly followed while travelling from one bubble to other.
BCCI Chief Medical Officer will be keeping a check on travel arrangements of players moving from different bubbles to IPL teams’ bubbles. If the arrangement are not satisfactory, then players will have to undergo quarantine period and take RT-PCR test before joining the IPL squad.
Also, the BCCI officials cannot interact in person with any player, team support staff, match management teams and broadcast crews as the officials and operations teams will not be part of any Bubble. The owners of teams will have to go through quarantine period if they want to join IPL squads.
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