The 15th edition of Indian Premier League(IPL) is approaching soon and ahead of the new season, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced some huge changes in the COVID-19 breach policy. The last season of IPL was marred by the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the bio-bubble. The cash-rich league had come to a halt and was shifted to the UAE later in September for the second half. Thus, the cricket board has set new regulations for the breach of protocols by players, team officials, and their family members.
BCCI reveals the list of consequences for bio-bubble breach in IPL
“The COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious threat to the health of individuals and the cooperation, commitment and adherence by each Person Subject To These Operational Rules to the measure put in place to provide a safe environment is of paramount importance,” the BCCI said in its operational rules for the IPL 2022.
It has been announced that none will be spared if a breach of protocols is noted in the upcoming season according to updated sanctions issued by the board.
You can check out the list of punishments that will have to be served on the bubble according to new sanctions:
When the person commits the offence for the first time – He/she will enter the quarantine period again for 7 days and more provided in Health & Safety Protocols. The person will also be fined their 100 per cent match fees for the number of matches they missed.
Second offence: If the person commits the offence again for the second time then he/she has to serve a one-match suspension without pay following the completion of the mandatory re-quarantine issued in the Health & Safety Protocols.
Third offence: The franchise will suffer a massive blow if the person committed the offence for the third time as it will lead to his removal from the registered squad for the rest of the season and the team will not be allowed a replacement player.
Sanctions for a family member:
First offence – If a family member of the player, team official or match official, breaches the COVID-19 protocol then he/she will enter the quarantine period. The player, team and match official will also undergo the quarantine again for 7 days of the time period provided in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022. He/she will also be fined their 100 per cent match fees for the number of matches they missed.
Second offence – The family member has to avoid breaching the offence for the second time because they will be removed from the bubble for the rest of the season and the player, team official or match official will undergo the quarantine again for 7 days of the time period provided in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022. He/she will also be fined their 100 per cent match fees for the number of matches they missed.
“Unable to field a team on account of Covid for any match due to having less than 12 players available in the playing XI (of which at least 7 must be Indian) plus 1 substitute fielder. The BCCI, at its discretion, will attempt to reschedule the match for later in the season.”
If a franchise allows any person to enter the bio-secure bubble to make contact with the players or the support staff without following the board BCCI protocols which includes a 7-day quarantine period and negative COVID-19 test as provided in the Health and Safety Protocols during IPL 2022, then they would be charged a huge amount.
On the first offence – the franchise has to a fine to BCCI of INR 1 crore. If the offence is committed for the second time then 1 point will be deducted from the points table. While for the third or more offences- a deduction of 2 points will be done each time.
If a person misses COVID-19 tests then they have to pay a price for it. He/she will receive a warning and if the situation occurs again then it will lead to a fine of Rs 75,000 per offence. The person will also be barred to enter a stadium or training facility until the missed test is performed.
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