Following the 5-match T20I series, India and England will compete in the last leg of the tour: 3 One-Day Internationals. India won the T20I series 3-2 on Saturday with a 36-run victory. The action moves from Ahmedabad to the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune where all the 3 ODIs will be played.
The first game is scheduled for 23rd March (Tuesday) followed by 26th and 28th. Hence, this will give players 11 days rest ahead of the IPL 2021, which will commence on April 9th.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has relaxed the protocols for the players participating in the India-England series. Those players moving between the bubbles from the ongoing bilateral series directly to the IPL will not need to undergo the 7-day quarantine as well as the three initial tests, subject to them taking a charter flight or a direct team bus to the respective team hotels.
According to a report in the Times of India, the Indian players will be given a 4-day rest period before entering the bio-bubbles of their respective teams for IPL 2021 by April 2nd.
“Players coming directly from the bubble created for the India vs England series, may be permitted to join the franchise squad without serving the mandatory quarantine period, provided they satisfy the following criteria: After conclusion of the India vs England series, the players are moved directly to the franchise team hotel either in the team bus or on a chartered flight.
“If the travel arrangements are to the satisfaction of the BCCI Chief Medical Officer, then such players will directly enter the franchise team bubble without the need to serve a quarantine period or undergo an RT-PCR test,” said a statement in BCCI’s SOP for IPL 2021.
The same rule will be applicable for the overseas players as well who are coming from bilateral series’ bubbles. In cases where the players coming out of bubbles do not abide by the IPL traveling protocols, they will need to undergo the week-long isolation and clear three tests.
Anyone testing positive for the virus will be put in isolation for a minimum of 10 days and clear the testing process before reintegrating into the bio-bubble environment of his team.
No vaccination by the BCCI for players ahead of IPL 2021
The statement has also cleared that the BCCI has told the franchises that they will not be vaccinating the players for IPL 2021; the Indian government has not yet given any special dispensation to athletes yet.
“In India, the first group to get vaccinated against COVID-19 included healthcare and frontline workers. The second group to receive COVID-19 vaccine will be persons over 60 years of age and persons between 45 and 59 years with comorbid conditions. The Government of India is yet to announce the schedule for vaccination of other groups of people including elite athletes,” the statement added.