Tests every fifth day dur­ing IPL

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Htsport - Sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: In­dian play­ers and sup­port staff will have to re­turn nega­tive for Covid-19 at least five times be­fore they start train­ing in the UAE and sub­se­quently will be tested every fifth day dur­ing the IPL, ac­cord­ing to a draft pre­pared by the BCCI.

A BCCI of­fi­cial said all In­dian play­ers and sup­port staff will have to un­dergo two RT-PCR tests, 24 hours apart, a week be­fore join­ing the 14-day quar­an­tine with their re­spec­tive teams in In­dia. “Fol­low­ing their ar­rival in the UAE, the play­ers and sup­port staff will have to re­turn at least three nega­tive tests dur­ing a week’s quar­an­tine and if they are nega­tive, they can en­ter the bio-bub­ble and start train­ing.

“There could be mi­nor changes to this pro­to­col depend­ing on the feed­back from the teams but there will not be any com­pro­mise on play­ers and team of­fi­cials’ safety,” the of­fi­cial said.

Dur­ing the first week in UAE, the play­ers and team of­fi­cials will not be al­lowed to meet each other in the ho­tel and they can only do so af­ter they test nega­tive thrice, fol­low­ing which they will be cleared to en­ter the tour­na­ment bio-bub­ble.

“All over­seas play­ers and sup­port staff also need to un­dergo two RT-PCR tests and re­turn nega­tive re­sult be­fore fly­ing in to UAE,” said the of­fi­cial.

The play­ers and sup­port staff will be tested on Day 1, 3 and 6 of their quar­an­tine in the UAE and af­ter clear­ing that, they will be tested every fifth day dur­ing the 53-day event. The teams can do more tests on their own and ad­di­tional tests may also be con­ducted un­der the rules put in place by the UAE gov­ern­ment.

The teams have been told to not fly out be­fore Au­gust 20 so that they can carry out the nec­es­sary test­ing pro­to­cols.

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