Learning from PSL debacle: BCCI sets strict rules for IPL 2021

Learning from PSL debacle: BCCI sets strict rules for IPL 2021

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to begin from April 09 with the Match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Unlike the last year when the competition was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the cash-rich T20 league is set to be organized in India despite the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Because of the deteriorating health conditions, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already announced that the tournament will be organized at six venues instead of eight—out of which there is a big question mark whether Mumbai can host any matches with an increase in coronavirus outbreak in the state of Maharashtra.

Earlier this year, the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was postponed after just 14 out of the 34 matches due to a coronavirus outbreak where seven players and staff members were tested positive for the pathogen.

Following such events, there was deserving criticism on the conduct of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) who clearly failed to enforce the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set before the start of the competition to ensure the safety of the participants. 

Keeping that in mind, the BCCI has set a strict protocol for members in this year's IPL fully knowing that a single mistake can end up being extremely costly.

Following are the set of rules BCCI is set to impose to ensure that the 14th edition of India's

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to begin from April 09 with the Match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Unlike the last year when the competition was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the cash-rich T20 league is set to be organized in India despite the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Because of the deteriorating health conditions, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already announced that the tournament will be organized at six venues instead of eight—out of which there is a big question mark whether Mumbai can host any matches with an increase in coronavirus outbreak in the state of Maharashtra.

Earlier this year, the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was postponed after just 14 out of the 34 matches due to a coronavirus outbreak where seven players and staff members were tested positive for the pathogen.

Following such events, there was deserving criticism on the conduct of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) who clearly failed to enforce the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set before the start of the competition to ensure the safety of the participants. 

Keeping that in mind, the BCCI has set a strict protocol for members in this year's IPL fully knowing that a single mistake can end up being extremely costly.

Following are the set of rules BCCI is set to impose to ensure that the 14th edition of India's cash-rich T20 league will conclude without any major mishap.

BCCI and players: No contact

The BCCI has set a rule that none of the board's top official will get in touch with any player or staff member taking part in this year's IPL. The move will mean that the top board officials will not become a part of the bio-secure bubble and therefore, they will not have to go through additional testing.

Family, owners in bubble

To ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the IPL 2021, the BCCI has decided to keep the family members as well as the team owners inside the bubble. The move is likely to decrease the fatigue of players inside the bio-secure environment.

Sealing hotel premises

The BCCI has asked the franchises to acquire an entire hotel for their teams stay during the competition. However, if that is not possible, the board will ensure that the premises of the team's stay will be sealed in order to make sure that there is no contact with an individual who is not a part of the group.

Bubble managers

After witnessing a debacle in the recently concluded PSL 2021, the BCCI will have four-member Bubble Integrity Managers with every team to make sure that each individual who is a part of the competition will follow the rules and regulations in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Quarantine rule for foreign players

For the players joining their respective teams from countries like England and South Africa, where there are different variants spreading rapidly through the community, the players will have to go through a mandatory seven-day quarantine during which they will go through multiple rounds of testing.

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Azeem Siddiqui
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