No contact tracing bands in IPL, Bubble Integrity Officers to trace close contacts in case of COVID cases
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has instructed to do away with contact tracing appliances for the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League, starting from September 19. The Indian board has authorized that Bubble Integrity Officers will perform the crucial contact tracing if any player tests positive for COVID-19 in UAE.
“The BCCi has agreed to do away with the concept of wearing contact tracing bands as not barely is it periodically hard to raise input for sportspersons during a tournament, but also, we had a rare example ahead this year when the devices unable to detect the action of the players and the reality that they had left a specific area wasn’t updated and players and support team realised this much later.
“As an outcome, it has been authorized that the Bubble Integrity Officers exist with the teams will maintain a path of the actions and work therefore if there is a patient that arises during the tournament. There will be 4 integrity officials with each team and will serve in turns to assist with this,” the source explained.
The board has arisen with a 46-page health advisory that sets down all the information that everyone related to the IPL requires to follow to guarantee the soft functioning of the league.
All franchises are advised to quarantine for six days before being eligible to join the bio-bubble. The board has been authorized to arrange 14 bio-bubbles and out of these 14, eight would pertain to franchises.
“Within the Bio-Secure Environment, 14 bubbles will be established as cited below: Franchise teams and backing staff – 8 Bubble, Match Officials & Match Management Team – 3 Bubbles, Broadcast Commentators and crew – 3 Bubbles.”
“All franchise team fellows must quarantine in their hotel room for 6 full days before joining the bubble. Upon appearance and before initiating any league training actions, all team members who will be comprised in the bubble will pursue the below-mentioned COVID-19 RT-PCR testing plan. A nasopharyngeal swab will be carried for testing. Test reports are accessible within 8-12 hours after test,” declares the health advisory.
The board has moreover enacted rigid instructions that everyone in the bubble must travel through committed vehicles only and everyone has been inquired to pursue this plan to the beginning.