Guwahati: As the whole world came to a standstill due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic so did cricketing action across the globe.
Now, as cricket is resuming gradually with teams getting into action, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued a detailed guideline to the state cricketing bodies for the resumption of domestic cricket in the country.
The 100-page guideline, prepared by BCCI’s medical team has asked the state associations to appoint a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) who will lead the medical staff of the teams and will look into the maintenance and proper implementation of the bio-safety guidelines during training camps and matches.
The CMO will be available to all the team members for any kind of medical needs.
According to the guidelines the medical team of each state boards will acquire and assess the travel and medical history of all the players and staff from the past two weeks through an online questionnaire.
Any player or staff with suspected COVID-19 symptoms will have to go PCR tests and will not be allowed to attend the camp until tested negative in two tests performed one day apart. The second test is to be done to account for false negatives.
Also before resuming the camp, all the players and staff members must sign a consent form agreeing to participate in the camp. This step is in line with the guidelines issued by the ICC.
In the guidelines it is also mentioned that it is absolutely mandatory for all the players and the staff members to wear a triple layer or an N95 mask in public places from the time they leave their home till the camp ends.
The guidelines are not yet decided regarding the permission to spectators, but the guidelines state that even if some spectators are allowed, they will need to adhere to the strict protocols laid by the state associations and BCCI.