Ranji Trophy 2021: BCCI restricts squad size to 30 for domestic tournaments, mandates 6-day quarantine – The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued an advisory ahead of Ranji Trophy 2021 where the apex body has asked state teams to avoid using public transport and have also restricted the size of the squad to 30 members which include 20 players and 10 support staff members.
“Each team is encouraged to have a team physician to manage COVID related issues. Use of public transport viz. share rides (Uber, Ola, etc), trains, local bus network, etc is strictly prohibited during the tournament,” BCCI said in the advisory according to Cricbuzz.
Ranji Trophy 2021: Match Fees
The Indian domestic season will kick start later this year and will end around April next year.
Ranji Trophy 2021: Talking about the much-debated topic of match fees BCCI said, “20 players will be eligible for Match fee (Playing XI will be eligible for 100 per cent while the remaining 9 will be entitled for 50 per cent). In case where a Team India cricketer is deputed by the BCCI to participate in domestic cricket, he or she will be eligible for match fee over and above the 20 players based on Playing XI and non-Playing XI status in the matches.”
Ranji Trophy 2021: Six days mandatary quarantine
The players will have to undergo six days of quarantine before entering the bio-bubble ahead of the tournament.
“All players and support staff must quarantine in their respective hotel rooms for 6 days after arrival at the hotel. Upon arrival and before commencing any training activities, all players and team support staff who will be included in the Bio-Secure Environment will be subjected to the below mentioned COVID-19 RT-PCR testing plan. A nasopharyngeal swab will be taken for testing. Test reports are available within 12-24 hours after sample collection,” the advisory states.
Ranji Trophy 2021: Rules if a player is tested positive
“Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days and seek the advice of local health authorities. During their 10-day isolation period, the individual must repeat the RT-PCR tests, at least 24 hours apart, on Day 9 and Day 10 from the day the first RT-PCR test was conducted. Provided the individual is without any symptoms associated with COVID-19 for more than 24 hours, has not taken any medications in the previous 24 hours and both test reports are negative, they may be allowed to join their team,” BCCI said.
Ranji Trophy 2021: Players will only be allowed to leave the bubble in case of exigencies. Then as well they will have to wear a PPE kit.
“In exceptional circumstances, if players are required to visit a hospital for scans or non-COVID treatment, special corridors will be created to avoid close contact with any individuals who are outside their bio-secure bubble. Players and accompanying team staff must wear PPE (face masks and gloves) during hospital visits,” BCCI’s advisory concluded.