Away from all the hype and hoopla around the bidding for the title sponsorship of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) one more big IPL contract was decided on Tuesday morning.
Contract to provide the entire end to end Bio-Bubble solution along with the medical services for the IPL 2020. 3 Companies were in fray including Tata Medical – Tata Group company which was also in the fray for IPL 2020 title rights.
Tata Medical had given a detailed presentation to BCCI two weeks back to provide end to end solution to keep IPL 2020 Covid-19 proof. BCCI and IPL GC members were all impressed with the presentation and it was widely reported that Tata Medical will be handed the contract for IPL 2020.
But according to the sources, UAE based VPS Healthcare is now likely to be given the contract for the above. BCCI has almost finalized the deal with UAE based company.
Other than Tata Medical, Restrata from UK was also in line for the contract. Restrata is the same company which has been providing the bio-security cover for cricket series hosted by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Be it, earlier the West Indies tour of England or the ongoing Pakistan vs England series, Restrata is responsible for the Bio-Security cover.
IPL 2020 BIO Bubble : Teams will start landing in UAE from August 21st
The UAE based company will now be responsible to keep all the teams, players Covid-19 proof as they will start landing in Dubai, Abu Dhabi from 21st August. The teams will then be subjected to a six-day quarantine before they get down to business of their conditioning camps.
As per the IPL 2020 Standard Operating Procedures, franchises, players will have to operate under instructions listed below. VHS Healthcare will operate, execute BIO-BUBBLE in and around these instructions by BCCI.
Instruction 1 : Regular Testing for players, support staff and others –
All players, domestic and overseas, will have to undergo 5 tests before entering the bio-secure bubble. Players and support staff will have to undergo tests every 5th day after entering the bio-secure bubble. After two successful COVID-19 PCR tests, 24 hours apart, players will be allowed to fly to the UAE. Players will be put up in hotels and will be in quarantine during which they will give 3 more Covid-19 tests over 6 days.
Players and support staff who arrive in the UAE will be giving 3 Tests — Day 1, Day 3 and Day 6. After all three successful tests, players will be allowed to enter the biosecure bubble. Players and support staff will not be allowed to leave the bubble once entered throughout the duration of IPL 2020.
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 should be asked to quarantine for 7 days and will seek medical advice.
Instruction 2 : Separate hotels for franchises –
All 8 franchises has been instructed to stay in a separate hotel. At no point, two franchises can stay in a same hotel. Players and support staff for each franchise will have to maintain distance from the other franchise. They should not mingle around with each other.
Instruction 3 : social distancing in dressing rooms –
Each IPL team will have to maintain social distancing in the dressing rooms. At no point more than 15 players will be allowed to sit in the dressing room. Support staff other than required will not enter the dressing rooms.
Instruction 4 : Electronic team sheets –
Each IPL team will be given electronic team sheet which will be handed over before each IPL game.
Instruction 5 : recommendations for virtual team meetings
BCCI has directed the franchises to do team meetings virtually. This means while staying in a same hotel, physical contact will be minimized between the players. All team meetings will be conducted virtually.
Instruction 6 : Appoint Team Doctor : Each franchise has been instructed to appoint a team doctor who will be responsible for ensuring bio-secure guidelines during the tournament.
Instruction 7 : Collect Medical and Travel history of each squad member – The franchise medical team should obtain a complete medical and travel history starting 1st March 2020 of all players and team support staff at least 2 weeks before the scheduled departure to UAE. Be it the traveling support staff or players, travel history of each member would be collected.
Instruction 8 : No ban on families but they have to follow protocols –
Franchises have been directed that players can travel with their families but even they have to follow the norms followed by the players. The franchises should ensure the close ones of the players follow all the protocols that are in place for the players and the support staff.
Meanwhile as reported earlier by InsideSport, Chennai Super Kings who will be the first team landing in UAE has decided not to travel with families.