The new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to commence on April 9, and the arrival of different players at their respective host cities has started.
From the pseudo crowd noise to rigid bio-bubble protocols, IPL 2020 differed immensely from the previous editions. However, the 2021 edition will also be uncommon as the league returns to India, where the pandemic’s impact is still strong.
The new season will harbour more tight protocols getting introduced and a few tweaks in the prevailing rules to make the season more conducive to present days. Here are ten new regulations that will get enforced for the IPL 2021 –
1. Family and Owners Will Stay in Bubble
Just as for the players, their family members, and owners of the respective teams can leave the bubble only if it is urgent. Besides, they must obtain formal permission from the Chief Medical Officer of BCCI to leave the bubble.
2. Team Areas in Hotel Will Be Sealed Off
To ensure better safety of the teams, BCCI has specified that teams must book entire hotels to house their squads. If that does not seem feasible, a complete hotel wing should get booked for the team and sealed off for those not part of the squad. Such a gesture would forbid contact with individuals from outside.
3. Bubble Integrity Managers
To ensure that the teams do not violate the bio bubbles’ regulations, a four-member team of Bubble Integrity Managers will monitor each side. They will ensure that squad members and the support staff comply with the inflexible rules. This group will also be responsible for notifying the authorities about any violation of the protocols.
4. Responsible For Their Own Expenses
The IPL authorities have released that those who would arrive from foreign countries, namely UK, South Africa, Europe, Brazil, or the Middle East, would be required to go through a 7-day quarantine. During this period, they will have to endure the expenditures themselves.
To alleviate the quarantine weight on the players, BCCI has permitted players who are part of the India vs England limited-overs series to shift from their previous bubble into the IPL bubble with no meddling period of isolation.
6. Immediate Replacement of Balls
While research has demonstrated that cricket balls are least likely to be carriers of the dreaded Coronavirus, it has been finalised that if a ball falls into the stands or outside the ground, the staff would immediately replace it. The swapped-out ball will not get discarded but disinfected and returned to the collection for further usage.
7. Three RT-PCR Tests To Enter the Bubble
Before joining the bubble, all individuals who are not arriving from another bubble will have to undergo three RT-PCR tests within seven days. Only when the reports come negative in all of them would they be permitted to enter the bubble.
8. Special Regulations for Arriving in Chennai
Players who have landed in Chennai will be required to provide a specific e-pass issued by the state government of Tamil Nadu. This gesture is to ensure compliance with the rules enforced in that province.
9. Different Check-in Counters
To ensure that the players stay further away from harm, they will have different check-in counters at the hotels. This gesture would ensure that the players remain severed from outside factors throughout their transit from rooms to field.
10. No Contact Between Players and BCCI Officials
Members of BCCI’s top brass will not enter any bubble; hence, they will not come in contact with any of those in the bubble, be it officials or players.
With the ongoing pandemic, BCCI has enforced strict measures to ensure maximum safety of the players. As this year, IPL is set to get organised in India, the government has imposed precautionary measures and enlisted strict guidelines that must be adhered to at all costs.