The BCCI has decided to not use contact tracing devices for the second phase of the IPL 2021 starting on September 19 in the UAE. Instead, the Bubble Integrity Officers will do the necessary contact tracing if any player tests positive for COVID-19 in the UAE.
Speaking about the matter, sources in the know of the developments said that it was a call taken after considering how constantly feeding information into the Bluetooth devices can get cumbersome at times. Also, some cases were reported of the device not functioning properly during the first phase of the IPL 2021 held earlier this year.
“The BCCI has decided to do away with the idea of wearing contact tracing bands as not only is it sometimes difficult to feed information for the sportspersons during the course of a tournament, but also, we had a few instances earlier this year when the devices couldn’t catch the movement of the players & support staff realized this much later”.
“As a result, it has been decided that the Bubble Integrity Officers present with the teams will keep a track of the movements & act accordingly if there is a case that comes up during the course of the tournament. There will be four integrity officers with each team & will work in shifts to help with this”, the source explained.
On Friday, the BCCI has issued a 46-page health advisory in which the BCCI stated that those who are not a part of any bio-bubble will undergo six days mandatory quarantine. “All franchise team members must quarantine in their hotel room for 6 full days before entering the Bubble. Upon arrival and before commencing any group training activities, all team members who will be included in the Bubble will follow the below-mentioned COVID-19 RT-PCR testing plan. A nasopharyngeal swab will be taken for testing. Test reports are available within 8-12 hours after sample collection.”
“For passengers arriving from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, it is mandatory that the COVID-19 PCR report includes a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes. The QR code must be presented at check-in and to representatives of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) upon arrival in Dubai airports”, this provision is made in view of the reports of fake vaccination programs.
Further, the BCCI also stated that in all 14 bio-bubbles will be created including eight for the franchises, three for the match officials and match management team, and three more for the broadcast commentators and crew. The BCCI also issued a warning to those breaching bubble protocols saying, “Breach of any Bio-Secure Environment protocols by franchise members or their families will be subject to disciplinary action by the BCCI.”
The IPL 2021 will kick start on September 19 in the UAE with a superhit clash between CSK & Mumbai Indians. The matches will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the KKR will lock horns with RCB. Sharjah will host its first match on September 24 when RCB will lock horns with CSK. In total 13 matches will be played in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah & 8 in Abu Dhabi.