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IPL 2020: BCCI confirms 13 positive cases

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on August 29, 2020
The BCCI revealed that a total of 1,988 tests were conducted on players, support staff and team management.

Those affected have been isolated from other team members.

Thirteen members, including two players, have tested positive for Covid-19, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Saturday.

The BCCI did not reveal the identities of the 13 members nor the franchises but said that they have since been isolated from the other team members.

The tests were carried out from when the teams started arriving in Dubai on August 20. As per the protocols mandated by the BCCI as well as the UAE authorities, teams were tested upon arrival at the airport and then tested thrice - on day one, day three and day six - during the mandatory quarantine period.

"Thirteen personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players," the BCCI said in a statement.

"All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team," the statement added.

The BCCI also revealed that a total of 1,988 tests were conducted on players, support staff and the team management as well as the BCCI's own staff and the IPL operational team. Tests were also carried out on hotel, ground and transport staff, who are also part of the bio bubble.

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has put in place stringent health and safety protocols for the Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 Season, which is scheduled to start from September 19th in the UAE," the BCCI said.

"Accordingly, upon landing in the UAE, all the participants have followed a mandatory testing and quarantine programme. Total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID tests were carried out between August 20th and 28th across all participant groups in the UAE. These groups include Players, Support Staff, Team Management, BCCI Staff, IPL Operational team, Hotel and ground transport Staff.

"As per the IPL 2020 Health and Safety Protocols, testing on all participants will be conducted regularly throughout the IPL 2020 Season," the governing body added.

The franchises, who arrived last weekend, have already begun their training sessions in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, after undergoing quarantine and clearing the tests.

Meanwhile, there has been no update on the IPL schedule as yet. The IPL governing council, headed by former Indian cricketer Brijesh Patel, is yet to announce the schedule for this season.

A total of 60 fixtures are scheduled, with 56 making up the league phase. The tournament is scheduled to take place from September 19 to November 10.

Jay Shah, secretary of the BCCI, had said in a statement earlier this month that the 53-day tournament will witness 10 afternoon matches starting at 3.30 p.m IST (2 p.m UAE time), while the evening matches will start at 7.30 p.m IST (6 p.m UAE time).

 


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