As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is being organised amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the franchises are exploring different options for the safety of the players. As per reports, Mumbai Indians, owned by Ambanis, is planning to book an entire apartment in UAE for the security of their players.
According to Times of India, Sunrisers Hyderabad is considering golf resorts to create a bio-secure environment while Kolkata Knight Riders could be based out of Abu Dhabi rather than Dubai.
The franchises believe that resorts are safer as there is a fear of COVID-19 spreading through shared AC ducts in hotels.
IPL Franchises to Follow BCCI’s SOP:
As per reports, BCCI had created a 240 page long Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the eight IPL teams to follow in UAE. However, the board has still not shared the SOP with media. The SOP contains the illustrations and briefing on player’s security to curb the spread of the virus.
A BCCI official revealed that all the players and staff members participating in the IPL 2020 will have to clear two COVID-19 tests before flying to UAE. If anyone test positive of the virus, he will have to go under 14-days quarantine during which he would have to go under two more tests.
“All overseas players and support staff also need to undergo two COVID-19 RT-PCR tests before flying in to the UAE and can only fly if the tests are negative. If not, then the same 14-day quarantine period and two negative tests to be able to fly to the UAE,” PTI quoted a BCCI official as saying.
IPL 2020 is scheduled to start from 19 September and it’s grand-finale will be played on 10 November. The whole league will be hosted in UAE which has less COVID-19 cases as compared to India. There are over 6000 active cases and 351 deaths have been reported.