BCCI has prepared the initial draft for COVID-19 testing protocol for the players and support staff who will be part of the IPL 2020. Every Indian player and support staff will have to come negative five times for COVID-19 before they can start training in the UAE. Also, during the IPL, Tests will be conducted every fifth day as per BCCI’s draft protocol.
Furthermore, there will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for the contingent with their respective teams in India. In an interview, a BCCI official said that players and staff will have to undergo two Covid-19 RT-PCR tests within a gap of 24 hours, a week before this quarantine.
Any individual testing Covid-19 positive in these tests will have to undergo quarantine for at least 14 days. He will have to take two Covid-19 RT-PCR tests once again before departing to the UAE.
The official said, “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.”
BCCI’s protocol for foreign players
BCCI has said that the testing protocol for the foreign players will be the same as that of their Indian counterparts. Before departing to the UAE, they have to take two Covid-19 RT-PCR tests. In case anyone turns out to be positive, the mandatory quarantine of 14 days will be applicable.
After arriving in the UAE, all the individuals will be quarantined for a week. No one will be allowed to see each other during this period. During the week, three tests will be done. The staff and the players turning out COVID-19 negative will be allowed to enter the bio-secure bubble of their teams.
“Anyone who breaches the bio-secure protocols will have to be in self-isolation for seven days and return two negative tests on day 6 and 7,” the official added.
BCCI also stated clearly that it is up to teams to take the call on allowing the partners and family members of the players to travel with them. But all the restrictions, along with the protocol will be extended to them as well.