The BCCI has set a budget of Rs 10 crores for more than 20,000 COVID-19 tests to be conducted during the IPL starting at September 19. Eight franchises will bear the cost of testing in India the BCCI is picking up the tab for the RT-PCR tests which have been conducted from August 20 when the teams started landing in the UAE.
“We have engaged VPS Healthcare, a UAE based company to conduct the tests. While I can’t put a number, it will be more than 20,000 tests which would include everyone. Each test would cost BCCI around 200 AED (Dirham) excluding taxes,” a senior IPL official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“So the BCCI will be spending something in the tune of Rs 10 crores for the COVID tests. Around 75 healthcare workers who are part of the company are a part of the IPL testing process.”
The BCCI doesn’t want to take any chance in terms of the safety of the players & officials is concerned and the healthcare workers have been put in a separate hotel.
“We couldn’t have taken the risk. A separate bio-bubble has been created by the company in a hotel. Around 50 of its health care staff are attached with testing process while another 25 are engaged in lab and documentation work,” he informed. “The BCCI is however not paying for this bio-bubble and hotel expenses which will be borne by the company.”
A total number of 19988 COVID-19 tests were carried between August 20-28 across all those who have been involved with the tournament, including players and support staff. CSK were forced to extend their Quarantine after 13 members of their contingent tested positive, including two players in India seamer Deepak Chahar and A team batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad. However, as on Tuesday, all 13 members of the contingent, who had tested positive have returned negative test results. Another COVID-19 test will be conducted on September 3 and if those results turn out negative, CSK will be allowed to start with their training as early as on September 4.