The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed a central Covid-19 testing agency in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to make sure that the Covid-19 test reports of all the players and support staff in the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 reaches all the franchises as well as the board.
Speaking to ANI, a source told that previously teams were permitted to have respective testing agencies, However, now things have changed and The Board of Control for Cricket in India has appointed VPS healthcare to carry out all Covid-19 tests so that all the reports reach the board and franchises without any delay.
“The BCCI felt it was important to have a central testing agency as that would help in keeping a tab on all testing taking place as also the results of tests would be immediately available to the board. There will be no delay in transmission of information in this process,” the source said.
Every Franchise Needs To Send In The Data To The BCCI
Meanwhile, managing bio bubbles, The Board of Control for Cricket in India has demanded all the franchises to send data to the board regarding players body temperature before leaving hotel rooms on match days.
“The BCCI has not only asked the teams to keep a check on the body temperature of every person in the bubble but also asked for the data to be handed to the board on match day. Every franchise needs to send in the data to the BCCI on the day of the match before leaving for the ground from the team hotel,” an official of a franchise told ANI.
Meanwhile, The BCCI has released a 46-page health advisory that lays down all the pointers that all the players and officials associated with the IPL need to follow to make sure everybody remains safe.
Notably, even after a lot of restrictions one COVID-19 case has been found in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Notably, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) left-arm pacer T Natarajan was found positive for Covid-19 and there were 6 members in close contact with him including all-rounder Vijay Shankar. However, other than him no other player has contracted the virus.