IPL bio-bubble: Franchises fret over WAGS, native drivers, safety, hospitality


New Delhi, July 27

The BCCI is more likely to hand over a complete Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) to the eight franchises for the upcoming IPL within the UAE however there are just a few urgent questions that every one the stakeholders want to determine within the coming days.

While it’s anticipated that a lot of the franchises will likely be beginning to ship their recce groups to the UAE to take a look at the services in addition to what sort of bio-secure environments that may be created, among the franchises have questions which most likely the BCCI might want to reply of their SOPs.

Players’ households?

This is a tough problem that can completely rely upon what the BCCI states in its SOPs.

A senior franchise official mentioned that it might be “criminal” to maintain gamers away from their companions and households for 2 months and that too in a sanitised surroundings the place there could be least social contact in the course of the course of the event.

“During normal times, the wives and girlfriends, at times families join the players during a specified time but this is completely different scenario. If families travel, can they be confined to rooms without being able to move around normally?” an official requested.

“There will be players who have kids aged between 3 and 5…how you would keep them in a room for two months,” the official added.

Will smaller boutique resorts or resorts work higher?

While prime cricket groups are used to staying in five-star services however it’s a troublesome proposition to only lease out a number of five-star resorts only for the staff the place different guests will not be allowed.

A senior BCCI official, who was an integral a part of 2014 IPL in Dubai, feels that within the desert metropolis, even three-star boutique resorts are nearly as good as 5 star and there are resorts that are simpler to be rented out utterly.

“Look every franchise won’t be able to match up to say Mumbai Indians, who will undoubtedly have the best set-up in these trying times. They have private jets, can even take doctors from their super speciality hospital, rent out a five-star hotel. Others need to check out what’s best for them. May be a beach resort,” mentioned the official.

The official gave a logic of getting resorts with separate cottages which nullifies the specter of centralised air con, as there’s probability of an infection spreading via AC ducts.

Team bus driver and native safety officer

Normally at any venue, the BCCI (on overseas excursions liaising with host board) and, on this case, the franchises in coordination with the Emirates Cricket Board will likely be hiring native transport, together with luxurious bus which carries the staff to stadiums.

Normally, the locals who drive the bus go away for house after the day’s work however on this case, they may need to be requested to remain within the bio-secure surroundings for 2 months.

“If every day, they are going to go home, they are exposed to outside environment and you have to negate the risk to minimum,” mentioned a prime franchise official.

Ditto for the native safety personnel who will likely be deployed on and off the sector for the groups. Numerous franchises would ideally need them to be accommodated in resorts.

Catering workers at grounds serving gamers  

Will there be a separate bio-bubble for the catering workers who usually serve the gamers in the course of the break?

They is perhaps examined day by day similar to the drivers and safety officers they usually can be included within the bio-secure surroundings. PTI



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