The BCCI has decided to allow bubble-to-bubble transfer for the Indian contingent that was part of the recently-concluded series against Sri Lanka for the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, according to a report by Cricbuzz.
The tournament, which had to be suspended in May due to multiple cases within the bio-bubble, is set to resume on September 19 with the clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. An approved transfer from one bubble to another exempts the players from six-day quarantine which has been granted to the series in England, Caribbean Premier League and South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka.
"Players and team support staff coming directly from the Bubble created for the England vs. India series, Sri Lanka vs. South Africa series and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) may be permitted to join the franchise squad without serving the mandatory quarantine period, provided they satisfy the below mentioned criteria. Commentators and broadcast crew who are working on the above three series' can also avail Bubble to Bubble transfers provided they satisfy the criteria," a 46-page health advisory by the BCCI said, according to Cricbuzz.
The BCCI 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."
BCCI has also said that those who are not a part of any bubble will have to undergo a six-day 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."
BCCI added that persons who are travelling from outside the sub-continent must submit a QR code for their COVID-19 test on arrival.
"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 is understandably in view of the reports of fake vaccination programmes.
The BCCI said that 14 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. Further, the advisory stated.
"During the IPL 2021, members within a Bubble must travel only in the dedicated vehicles from a fleet of buses and cars accredited by BCCI, which will be sanitised regularly. The drivers of all such vehicles will also be in the respective Bubbles, tested regularly for COVID-19 and undergo temperature screening."