The Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to change some rules for the remainder of the 2021 season, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from next month. In the health and safety logs issued by the Indian Board of Directors to all IPL teams, a copy of which The Indian Express has, the BCCI has ruled that cricket balls will be replaced by the fourth referee when they go into the stands or outside the stadium.
“When the cricket ball goes into the stands or outside the stadium, the fourth referee will provide a replacement from the cricket ball library. When the ball is returned, the fourth referee will disinfect it with alcohol-containing cloths and / or UV-C and put it in the library, ”the circular said.
According to the BCCI, a new scientific study on cricket balls has shown that the risk of the balls transmitting the coronavirus is very low. It should be understood, however, that the board does not want to take any chances to wrap up the final part of the IPL season, which was suspended in May after few players and support staff tested positive. The board is also known to be considering allowing fans inside the stadium, but spectators are only allowed to sit in the top row of the stadium.
The BCCI has also made it clear that spitting and delivering nasal / respiratory secretions on the floor or in places other than washrooms is prohibited.
“Members who do this must safely dispose of the soiled tissue paper in the trash cans provided for this purpose,” says the circular.
Players and coaches must undergo six days and three negative tests before entering the bio-bubble. Meanwhile, the Indian players currently playing in England are not required to go through quarantine in Dubai if they meet some guidelines for a “bubble to bubble” transfer.
According to the circular, after completing the India Tour of England, South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka and the Caribbean Premier League, players, team supervisors, commentators and broadcast teams will continue to stay in their respective bio-safe environments and will be transported directly to the aircraft in the team bus – they are on Departure airport exempt from entry and other formalities.
“The team bus drops the players directly on the taxiway so that the players do not have to go through the airport building (and thus prevent contact with other people outside the biosecure environment,” it continues).
Players are allowed to visit a golf course, but the BCCI has met certain conditions to do so. Teams must obtain permission from the IPL Chief Medical Officer 24 hours in advance. The entire golf course or part of it is booked every day for the sole use of the IPL participants. No other guests are permitted in these designated areas.
“Use of another facility in the golf club, namely. Bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, etc. are prohibited. Use of the golf club’s changing rooms is prohibited. IPL participants must arrive at the golf club in their golf clothing in order not to use the changing rooms. Shower facilities in the golf club may not be used, ”the circular continues.
In the meantime, substitute players with drinks must leave the cup holder on the field and all players can only use their own pre-made bottles to avoid sharing.
In the event of an invasion of the field of play during a game or training session, if a spectator or fan manages to enter the field and briefly comes into contact with a player, the player must change his clothing and stow the used clothes in a separate bag for disinfection and laundry. Also, the player must wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before meeting other team members in the bladder.