In the health and safety protocols released by the Indian board to all IPL teams, the BCCI has decided that cricket balls will be replaced by the fourth umpire if it goes in the stands or outside the stadium.
According to the circular, the cricket ball goes in the stands or outside the stadium, the fourth umpire will provide a replacement from the library of cricket balls. The previous ball when returned will be sanitized with alcohol-based wipes and/or UV-C by the fourth umpire and placed in the library.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year.
The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL.
The BCCI SGM further authorized the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
New IPL Rules: Spitting and releasing nasal/respiratory secretions on the ground or at any place other than washrooms is prohibited
BCCI, in a new scientific study of cricket balls, revealed that the risk of transmission of the coronavirus through the balls is very low. The board doesn’t want to take any chance in completing the concluding part of the IPL season which was suspended in May after a few players and support staff tested positive. The board reportedly is contemplating allowing fans inside the stadium, but spectators will only be allowed to sit in the upper tier of the stadium.
Further, members must discard the soiled tissue paper securely in the provided dustbins.
The players and support staff will have to undergo six days of isolation, along with three negative tests, before entering the bio-bubble. Also, the Indian players who are currently playing in England will not have to undergo a quarantine period in Dubai if they fulfil a few guidelines for a ‘bubble to bubble’ transfer.
After the conclusion of India’s tour of England, South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka, and the Caribbean Premier League, players, team support staff, commentators and broadcast crews will continue to remain in their respective Bio-Secure Environments and will be transported in the team bus straight to the aircraft – they are exempted from immigration and other formalities at the departing airport.
The team bus drops the players straight on to the tarmac thereby avoiding the need for players to pass through the airport terminal building (and thus) preventing contact with other people outside the Bio-Secure Environment says the circular.
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Use of any other facility at the Golf Club viz. bars, restaurants, cafes, gymnasium, etc., is prohibited. Use of locker rooms at the Golf Club is prohibited. IPL participants must arrive at the Golf Club wearing their Golf apparel to avoid use of locker rooms for changing. Shower facilities at the Golf Club must not be used.
The rule for substitute players carrying drinks, is that they need to keep the drinks holder on the field and all players can only use their own pre-designated bottles to avoid sharing.
If any spectator or fan manages to enter the field of play and momentarily come in physical contact with a player, the player must change his clothes and put away the used ones in a separate bag for disinfection and laundry. Further, the player must wash his hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds before meeting other team members in the bubble.