IPL 2021: India, England gamers allowed bubble to bubble switch


The Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) has allowed bubble to bubble transfers for the Indian Premier League — which begins in April. This implies the gamers, who’re presently that includes within the India-England sequence, can immediately enter the respective IPL bubbles with out present process quarantine.

In a Customary Working Process issued to the groups — which Sportstar has seen — the Board has specified that “gamers coming immediately from the bubble created for the India versus England sequence, perhaps permitted to hitch their franchise squad with out serving the obligatory quarantine interval, supplied they fulfill the factors of shifting on to the franchise workforce resort within the workforce bus or on a chartered flight.”

The SOP additionally clarified that if chartered flights are used, then all of the protocols have to be maintained and if the BCCI’s chief medical officer is glad with the method, gamers “can immediately enter the franchise bubble with out” quarantine or an RT-PCR take a look at.

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A complete of 12 bubbles might be created – eight for the groups and help workers, two for match officers and the administration groups and the opposite two for commentators and crew.

Nevertheless, the BCCI officers won’t be a part of the bubble and because of this, they can’t immediately meet the gamers, help workers or commentators. In keeping with pointers, if the workforce house owners need to be a part of the bubble, they should endure a seven-day quarantine.

Much like final 12 months, the Board may have not less than 4 integrity officers with the groups, who will look into the breaches and the individuals getting into the bubble might be given trackers.

The Board additionally clarified that for now, it received’t be attainable to vaccinate the gamers — a requirement raised by a few of the franchises. “The vaccination program towards COVID-19 is underway in India and vaccines are presently being administered to the at-risk inhabitants viz. front-line staff, well being care professionals, individuals over the age of 60 years and people between the ages of 45-59 years who’ve comorbidities like cardiac illnesses, diabetes, most cancers, and many others,” the SOP said.


In keeping with the 50-page SOP, the BCCI has additionally recommended that the groups might journey by way of chartered flights for home journey throughout the event.

The event will start in Mumbai after which might be performed throughout different venues — Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad. And to make sure there isn’t any breach, the Board said: “To be able to keep the sanctity of bio-secure environments, constitution flights might be booked for all of the groups and match officers for home journey inside India.”

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“Necessary COVID-19 RT-PCR assessments for the pilots and cabin crew 24 hours prior and on the morning of the scheduled departure is critical. Testing might be carried out by the BCCI-accredited company. The pilots and cabin crew will quarantine on the workforce resort exterior the bubble zone for 48 hours earlier than the scheduled departure,” the SOP added.

Whereas followers won’t be allowed for the preliminary phases, there’s a guideline in case there’s a pitch invasion by a spectator.

“If throughout a match or follow session, any spectator or fan manages to enter the sector of play and momentarily are available bodily contact with a participant, they are going to be instantly eliminated by safety guards. On the earliest alternative, the participant should change his garments and put away the used ones in a separate bag for disinfection and laundry,” the SOP said.

“Additionally, the participant should wash his fingers with cleaning soap and water for at least 20 seconds earlier than assembly different workforce members in his bubble. If the pitch invader has touched any of the participant’s cricketing gear, the identical have to be sanitised earlier than use,” it added.

The substitute gamers carrying drinks throughout the match may also should sanitise their fingers previous to the drinks break.