The players who are a part of the ongoing Indian Premier League will be suspended from the tournament and their teams will have to pay a hefty fine of Rs 1 crore along with deduction of points, if they are found breaching the bio-bubble which has been put in place by the IPL authority.
A notification sent by the BCCI to all the eight participating franchises states that a player will have toundergo six days of quarantine for an “unauthorized departure” from the bio-bubble. If the same player is found with a second offence, he will face an one-match suspension, and a subsequent third offence will eventually lead to the player’s removal from the tournament, with no replacement provided to his team.
Further the statement mentions that a player could be fined as much as 3000 AED(60,000 INR approx) if he fails to complete his daily health passport, failing to wear a GPS tracker and missing a scheduled COVID-19 test. The same will apply for all the family members as well as the team officials.
All the players and the support staff who are part of the IPL 2020, are being tested every fifth day in the UAE.
The franchises also need to be very careful in ensuring that a strict bio-bubble is maintained, because if any franchise allow “any person into the bubble to interact with players/supports staff”, the franchise will have to pay a fine of Rs one crore at the first offence. If found with a second offence, a point will be deducted from the points table and a subsequent third offence will lead to the deduction of two points for the franchise which is equivalent to one win.
The franchises will also face a BCCI inquiry, if found with repeated violations of health and safety protocols laid down for the ongoing IPL season.
The tournament so far have had no positive cases ever since the early COVID scare in the CSK camp, where 13 members of the camp including two players tested positive for the coronavirus. Both the CSK players Deepak Chahar and Rituraj Gaikwad who had tested COVID positive ahead of the tournament have recovered after their mandatory quarantine, and have already played for their teams this season.
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