The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is less than a month away. IPL 2020 will be played entirely in UAE because of the alarming coronavirus situation in India. The tournament is scheduled to start on September 19 while the final will take place on November 10.
All the teams have already reached UAE to start their preparation for the tournament. After the mandatory quarantine period, the teams will move to bio-secure venues. No individual will be allowed to move out of the bio-bubble before the tournament ends.
What happens if a player tests positive?
While the cricket world is gearing up for the IPL, there is no denying that there are also apprehensions all around due to the pandemic. As per reports, cases are rising at an alarming rate in UAE. Unsurprisingly, there are apprehensions all around.
The question that is currently doing the round is ‘What happens if a player is tested positive for COVID-19?’
Last month when Jofra Archer breached England’s bio-bubble, ECB’s director of cricket Ashley Giles had said that the action from the player could have been a “disaster” and ended up costing the board tens of millions of pounds. Archer was later isolated and was ruled out of the subsequent game.
So, is the IPL in danger of getting cancelled too if a player tests positive? Well, the possibility of the same is very unlikely, as per results. According to The Times of India, if a player tests positive, he will have to go into quarantine for 14 days. Along with him, the other players – or those sharing the same bio bubble – go into quarantine for the six-day mandatory period too and once again go through the three mandatory PCR tests.
And to ensure that any positive case does not disrupt the tournament, the BCCI is reportedly set to try out a dynamic schedule.
“If that happens, can that team play on those six days? Possibly not. But the tournament will go on, so it’s necessary to work on the possibility of keeping a schedule flexible enough where matches can be brought forward and delayed, as and when necessary,” the news outlet quoted sources as saying.