The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released the Standard Operating Procedure for IPL 2021 and it's a great news for players who are a part of India-England ODI series as they will not have to undergo the mandatory seven-day hard quarantine.
The SOP will allow a bubble-to-bubble transfer for India and England players from Pune to their respective franchises contingents. The BCCI has also shed light upon the fact that no player will be vaccinated as of now as per the government rules, which have a system in place regarding vaccines.
According to the SOP, "Players who are coming from bubble created for India vs England series may directly join the franchise squad without serving mandatory quarantine period provided."
"After the conclusion of series, they directly move to team hotel either by bus or chartered flight…if travel arrangements are to the satisfaction of CMO, such players can directly enter team bubble without need to serve quarantine or undergo RT PCR tests," the SOP added.
About vaccination, the SOP states, "In India, the first group to get vaccinated is healthcare and frontline workers. The second group is persons above 60 years of age as of January 1, 2022 and person between 45 to 59 years with comorbid conditions. The government is yet to announce the schedule of vaccination of other groups of people including elite athletes."
Important features of the SOP:
1. Bubble-to-Bubble transfer rules will apply for them as long as they are flying by chartered flights.
2. In IPL 2021 overall 12 Bubbles will be created – eight Bubbles include franchise teams and support staff, two Bubbles are meant for match officials and match management teams and two more bubbles for broadcast commentators and crew.
3. No Covid-19 vaccination drive for those involved in the league
4. Bubble integrity managers for each team. Their job will be to report any Bio-secure Environment protocol breaches by members of the franchise team to the BCCI Chief Medical Officer according to the note issued by BCCI.
5. The BCCI’s officials and operations teams will not be part of any Bubble and as a consequence, the BCCI officials cannot interact in person with any player, team support staff, match management teams and broadcast crews.