The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released the 100 page Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for State Associations to resume training at their respective centres. The SOP contains the safety guidelines to be followed by players and state boards amid the ongoing coronavirus. According to the rule book, the players would have to clear two COVID-19 tests before joining the camp.
After an extended break of over five months, BCCI has allowed the resumption of cricket training but the board has strictly ordered to follow the protocols.
No 60+ member allowed to join training camp: BCCI
As per SOP, anyone over 60 years of age and individuals with underlying medical conditions would be barred from participating in the camp. Also, the players will have to sign a consent form acknowledging the risks involved with the resumption of training due to the novel virus.
“The health and safety of players, staff and stakeholders will be the sole responsibility of respective State Cricket Associations,” read the BCCI guidelines on resumption of cricket, which is in PTI’s possession.
Players would have to clear test:
As the players will not be kept under quarantine before joining the camp, they are ordered to follow strict safety protocols while travelling. BCCI has proclaimed that the medical team should acquire travel and medical history (past 2 weeks) of all players and staff through an online questionnaire before they gather for the camp.
“Two tests one day apart (Day 1 & Day 3) should be done to account for false negatives. If both the test results are negative, only then they should be included in the camp,” read the SOPs.
The participants will have to wear an N95 mask and they are also recommended to wear eyewear in public places as well as during training.