IPL 2021: BCCI does away with COVID contact tracing bands, Bubble Integrity Officers to handle close contacts
The remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League would be held in the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, as far as COVID cases are concerned, the Bubble Integrity Officers would be tracing the close contact of the players.
With just over a month to go before the Indian Premier League 2021 resumes in the United Arab Emirates, preparations have already begun in the gulf. Starting from travel arrangements and accommodations for the franchise, special care has to be taken regarding the team bubbles.
However, despite all the preparations, there is still an outside chance of the players getting infected with COVID. Upon such instance, while the infected player is quickly sent into isolation, the other important part is to trace the close contacts.
Until last time, the Board of Control for Cricket in India was using contact tracing bands for the same. However, it has decided to do away with the bands this season, while the entire responsibility regarding the same would now lie upon the Bubble Integrity Officers.
According to sources, as per ANI, it becomes unmanageable to trace contacts and information from a Bluetooth device. Also, it becomes even tedious if the device fails to work, as had been the case during the India leg earlier this year. Meanwhile, four BIOs will be in place with each franchise, working in shifts.
Additionally, the BCCI has introduced a 46-page health advisory for all the participating members to ensure that the tournament runs smooth. Upon arrival in UAE, every franchise would quarantine for six days before entering the bubble. Of the 14 bubbles designed by the BCCI, eight would belong to the franchise.
During quarantine, every member would undergo the RT-PCR test regularly, with the nasopharyngeal swab being collected, while the report would be available within eight to 12 hours. Also, the members would need to travel in the designated vehicle only. Meanwhile, players arriving from the Caribbean Premier League would be allowed the bubble-to-bubble transfer.
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