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- IPL has decided to change some rules in the second phase
- The second leg of IPL 2021 will be played in UAE from September 19
- If the ball goes outside the stands or the stadium, it will be replaced
New DelhiThe Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to make some changes in the rules for the rest of the 2021 season. This year the second phase of IPL 2021 will start on 19 September. The tournament will be held in UAE. The Indian Board has issued health and safety protocols for all IPL teams, a copy of which is with The Indian Express. The BCCI has decided that if the ball goes outside the stands or the stadium, it will be changed by the fourth umpire.
The circular read, “If the cricket ball goes into the stands or stadium, it will be changed by the fourth umpire.” The fourth umpire will sanitize the last ball with alcohol-based wipes or UV-C and keep it in the library of the ball. According to the BCCI, a new scientific study has revealed that the risk of spreading the corona virus by balls is negligible. However, it is understandable that the Bard does not want to take any risk while completing the rest of the IPL. It was postponed indefinitely in May after several players and support staff tested positive.
It was also learned that the board is preparing to bring the fans inside the stadium. But spectators will only need to sit in the upper tier of the stadium. BCCI has clarified that spitting or spraying of nose/respiratory secretions will not be allowed on the ground except in the bathroom. “The members doing so should safely throw the soiled tissue paper in the given dustbin,” the circular said.
Indian players will not have to stay in quarantine
Players and support staff will have to remain in isolation for six days. Apart from this, it will be necessary for them to come three negative tests before entering the bio-bubble. Meanwhile, Indian players currently in England will not have to undergo a quarantine period in Dubai if they follow certain bubble-to-bubble transfer guidelines. According to the circular, at the conclusion of India’s tour of England, South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka, Caribbean Premier League players, team support staff, commentators and broadcast crew will continue to live in their bio-secure environment.
Players will be allowed to go to the golf course, but BCCI has put some conditions for this. The team will have to take permission from the Chief Medical Officer of IPL 24 hours in advance. The entire golf range or part thereof must be booked for stand-alone use on any given day by IPL participants. No other guests will be allowed to enter these areas. “The use of any other facilities, bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, etc., shall not be permitted in the Golf Club,” the circular said. The use of locker rooms in golf clubs is prohibited. IPL participants will have to come dressed in advance to ignore the change in the locker room.
In addition, water substitute players will be required to carry drinks holders on the field, where players use their pre-filled bottles to avoid sharing. Apart from this, if any fan comes on the field and comes in physical contact with the cricketer, then the player will have to change clothes immediately and keep it in a separate bag. The player then has to wash his hands with soap for about 20 seconds, after which he will be able to meet the other members of the bubble.
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