Considering the packed cricketing calendar, the BCCI have decided to allow the Indian players a 4 day break post the completion of the India-England ODI series. The bio bubbles and covid protocols have been hard on the players thus they were offered a break before they join their respective franchises for the Indian Premier League on April 2nd. However, if the players do opt to avail the break, they will have to undergo a mandatory seven day quarantine as per BCCI SOPs for IPL 2021, read a report by TOI. Earlier, The BCCI allowed the bubble to bubble transfer of the players. This means that players who are inside a bubble can join their franchises without the need to undergo quarantine or RT- PCR tests, considering they come via chartered flight or the team bus.
“Players coming directly from the Bubble created for the India vs. England series, may be permitted to join the franchise squad without serving the mandatory quarantine period, provided they satisfy the criteria of moving directly to the franchise team hotel either in the team bus or on a chartered flight,” the BCCI stated in a note about the SOPs and protocols for the IPL” If chartered flights are used then all protocols for crew members must be followed. If the travel arrangements are to the satisfaction of the BCCI Chief Medical Officer then such players will directly enter the franchise team Bubble without the need to serve a quarantine period or undergo an RT-PCR test,” the note added.
The BCCI also made it clear that vaccination for all those involved in the IPL is not possible thus anyone who tests positive will have to isolate themselves for 10 days at a pre designated facility within the bubble. The BCCI has also appointed 4 security personals for each for the 12 bubbles. The security personals will be responsible to prevent any breaches. They’ll travel with the teams throughout the tournament.