Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has been scheduled from August 18 to September 20 behind the close doors. The whole tournament will take place in Trinidad & Tobago under the safety guidelines laid by the league. Meanwhile, CPL has become the first major league to be hosted amid the ongoing coronavirus.
Following the approval from local authorities and government, CPL will be conducted without spectators with strict COVID guidelines in place for the teams and officials.
Quarantine protocols to be followed ahead of CPL:
After the international cricket gets back to the track with the Test series between England and West Indies, the T20 leagues have are also making a return. However, new rules have been introduced and which will also be followed in CPL 2020. Teams and its staff members will have to go under two weeks quarantine period and regular testing will be done. If a player is found positive, the whole team will have to self-isolate ahead of the league.
“All teams and officials will be housed in one hotel and everyone will be subject to strict quarantine protocols for the first two weeks they are in the country,” said a statement from CPL.
“Everyone travelling from overseas will be tested for COVID-19, before departure and then again on arrival in Trinidad Teams and officials will be put into “households” where social distancing will need to be in place. There will be smaller clusters within each household where these measures can be relaxed.
“However, if any member of this cluster display signs of COVID-19 at any time during the tournament all members of that cluster will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time that a member of that group first shows symptoms.”
Star players to feature in CPL 2020:
Although travelling during the pandemic is dangerous, several international players have drafted their name for participating in the league.
Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nabi, Marcus Stoinis, Ross Taylor and Carlos Brathwaite while many members of the current Windies team will play for different franchises in the league.
Also, Pravin Tambe, who has recently announced his retirement, will become the first Indian cricketer to feature in the CPL.