IPL 2021: BCCI requests Aviation ministry for separate IPL Check-in counters, daily testing to fight Covid-19

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IPL 2021 – Covid-19 in IPL: The IPL 2021 is starting today with MI vs RCB match as fight with Covid-19 for Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) is getting tougher by the day. More than 35 people including 4 cricketers involved in IPL 2021 have tested positive till date. All the IPL stakeholders are jittery. The Indian board has now decided to deploy some extra preventive measures to tackle the Covid-19 problem. According to the information coming in, BCCI has requested Civil Aviation Ministry to allow separate IPL Check-in counters for the IPL players and teams during the transfers to other cities after the completion of first leg in Mumbai & Chennai. Not only this but BCCI is also planning to test the teams on daily basis to guard IPL 2021 against Covid-19.

“Situation this time is more difficult. We are trying our best to fight against Covid. Constantly BCCI is engaging with all stakeholders. We have requested for separate IPL Counters during the Check-in & also will be testing teams on a daily basis’, confirmed very senior BCCI official to InsideSport.

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IPL 2021: BCCI & teams ups the ante, take extra measures to fight Covid-19

– The new measures include requesting for separate IPL check-in counters at airports,
– Daily Covid tests
– More bio-bubble integrity officers to be attached with the teams & other stakeholders.
– Ground Staff in Mumbai now not allowed to move out of the stadiums. They will be housed in the stadium facility itself.

IPL 2021: Virat Kohli’s RCB goes ‘extra-cautious’ after two players test Covid-19 positive

IPL 2021 – Virat Kohli’s RCB: Right before clash with Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore is in fix – reason RCB is the only IPL team in which two players have tested Covid-19 positive. First Devdutt Padikkal & then Australian Daniel Sams. This has resulted in RCB getting extra-cautious as they prepare for Rohit Sharma’s MI. Kohli’s team has tightened its “strict bio bubble” environ, in a bid to plug the hole created in the past few days.

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IPL 2021: Virat Kohli’s RCB goes ‘extra-cautious’, after two players test Covid-19 positive

“We are in a very strict bio-bubble. But after two of our players testing positive, strcter rules have been imposed. Dedicated persons within the bubble have been specifically employed to monitor if bubble is not breached by any player. Earlier rooms were sanitized once a day. Now they are being sanitized twice a day. Cooks and staffs meant for RCB players are also staying in the hotel. Lifts are exclusively meant for us which opens in only 3 floors exclusively meant for us. Logistics are being revised every single day. We as players are concerned but not worried as we stay in the bio-bubble,” an RCB source informed Insidesport.co on the condition of anonymity.

“RCB is taking extra precaution with new members joining in the bubble. They are being tested thrice. On arrival, on the 3rd & 7th day of quarantine. After that players are tested every 5th day. I got to know that they are likely to increase the frequency. to every 3rd day in the comimg days,” the source informed.

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Earlier yesterday, RCB’s Aussie all-rounder Daniel Sams had tested positive for COVID-19. He had tested negative in the first test but has tested positive in the 2nd Test. The development a couple of days ahead of the IPL 2021 opener where RCB will face off defending champions Mumbai Indians.