BCCI has announced several new rules for phase two of IPL 2021 that will commence from September 19 in the UAE. The Board has introduced these rules to ensure the safety of all players and staff. Moreover, BCCI has come up with 36-page health advisory guidelines to assure that phase two will have no hiccups and the rest of the fixtures will go smoothly.
Therefore every player from the franchise and their family members have to follow these new rules and if any player breaks the regulations then the board will take strict action against them. Moving on let’s take a look at the 10 new rules implemented for phase two of IPL 2021.
10 Rules in IPL Phase Two that fans should be aware of
Rule 1: The Board has decided that there will be 14 bio-bubbles, from these bio bubbles eight will belong to the IPL franchises. Whereas the rest of the bio- bubbles will be for match officials, match management, broadcast crew, and commentators.
Rule 2: Players and members of all franchises have to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR Test 72 hours before their scheduled flight to UAE. Moreover, “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 the verification process,
Rule 3: According to the Protocols all individuals must quarantine themselves and avoid contact with others after the RT-PCR test for six days at the team hotel. However, foreign players don’t need to quarantine if they test negative in the Covid-19 RT-PCR Test as per the new rules.
Rule 4: Franchise Team members and families can only leave the bubble if an unavoidable circumstance arises. However, for unscheduled visits, prior permission must be sought from the BCCI Chief Medical Officer before leaving the Bubble. Further, “Re-entry to the Bubble is only permitted after completing 6 full days quarantine and confirmation that all 3 results of the RT-PCR tests for samples collected on days 2,4, and 6 are negative.”
Rule 5: In exceptional circumstances, if team members within a bubble are required to visit a hospital for investigation or treatment, green corridors will be created to avoid close contact with any individuals who are outside their Bio-Secure Bubbles.
Rule 6: If a ball goes into the stands, the old ball will be replaced with a new one. Owing to the fact, that fans present in the stadium can touch the ball and as a result, there is a possibility that a fan could be infected. Moreover, the old ball that reached into the stands will be sanitized and placed in the ball library.
Rule 7: Players cannot use their saliva to shine the ball. If a player breaks this rule then the umpire will punish the bowling team by adding five runs to the opposite side’s scorecard.
Rule 8: General Public including media members cannot enter any bio-bubble as well as the stadium for any activities.
Rule 9: To be completely secure and avoid any mishap, the board has decided that bus drivers will also stay in the bio-bubble. Further, bus drivers will require to undergo constant covid-tests and temperature screening
Rule 10: Players from India, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and CPL 2021 can get permission for the bubble to bubble transfer without serving the mandatory quarantine period.