The players who are all set to get featured in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), will almost be testing five times for COVID-19 and clearing all rounds to be eligible for taking part in the cash-rich tournament.
The official of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed different guidelines which the management and players will be following strictly.
Players to undergo five COVID-19 tests before leaving for UAE
“Following their arrival in the UAE, the players and support staff will have to return at least three negative tests during a week’s quarantine and if they are negative, they can enter the bio-bubble and start training. There could be minor changes to this protocol depending on the feedback from the teams but there will not be any compromise on players and team officials’ safety,” the official said as quoted by Cricket Next.
“All overseas players and support staff also need to undergo two COVID-19 RT-PCR tests before flying to the UAE and can only fly if the tests are negative. If not, then the same 14-day quarantine period and two negative tests to be able to fly to the UAE,” said the official.
“The families will also not be allowed to enter the PMOA (players and match officials area) and field of play at any time during the training and matches. And anyone who breaches the bio-secure protocols will have to be in self-isolation for seven days and return two negative tests on days 6 and 7 to be allowed to re-enter the bio-bubble,” the official clarified.
The tournament is to be staged by 19th September and the teams will be flying to the destined venues at least three weeks earlier.