IPL extravaganza is just 6 weeks away now. The BCCI and franchises have started to lay out plans for a hassle-free tournament. On 2nd August, the IPL GC finalised the dates of after discussion with franchises and broadcasters. The 13th season of the IPL is all set to roll out from 19th September to 10th November after a long delay of six months.
In the meeting, the IPL GC also issued some SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) given the deadly CoVid-19 pandemic. The franchises, players and officials have also been told to strictly adhere by the SOPs and have been warned that any breach of protocol could lend them into trouble.
On 4th August, the IPL GC also released detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). After going through the details, the franchises have urged the BCCI to make some changed in the SOPs in order to ease some restrictions.
One of the major demands from franchises is to decrease the quarantine period timing from six days to just 3 days.“Subject to the advice of medical professionals, can we consider allowing players to practice by staying in the bubble, with 3 days of quarantining instead of 6 days?” read the note in The Times of India.
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Also, the franchises have sought clarification on the point of restricted interaction within the squad. “Currently, the SOP suggests that they cannot interact with the squad, unless they are a part of the bubble. Owners will not be able to spend 3 months in a bubble. Therefore, are there any specific protocols based on medical advice that can be considered for infrequent interactions with owners and families?” the note further stated.
The franchises also put forward the point of player’s wellbeing as a 80+ day bio bubble will surely affect their mind-set. The franchises have asked the permission of visiting some specific restaurants, pre-determined chilling places and a contact-less delivery of food items as the game pressure will also play a significant role.
“One big area of concern is the wellbeing of the players as they stay in a bubble for 80+ days. The pressures of competitive sport do not make it any easier. We understand protocol and bubble strategy from England versus West Indies series included activities such as golf, visits to specific restaurants, and visits to some pre-determined places. Can IPL consider this with the advice of medical professionals?” the note read. “Can the IPL also consider allowing food orders from designated delivery outlets using contactless deliveries to the hotel?” franchises advised in their note.
The franchises have also requested the BCCI to allow early on-boarding of the players participating in CPL and England – Australia series. “CPL concludes on September 10 and the bilateral series between England and Australia concludes on September 16. These two events account for nearly 25 players participating in IPL. Subject to the guidance of medical professionals’, can we consider early on-boarding of these players?” read the point.