IPL 2021: No 6-day quarantine required for bubble-to-bubble transfer of players

Players no longer need to complete a 6-day quarantine period if they are travelling from one bio bubble to another under BCCI’s new 46-page long health advisory for IPL 2021.

The advisory stated, “Players and team support staff coming directly from the Bubble created for England vs India series, Sri Lanka vs South Africa series and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) may be permitted to join the franchise squad without serving the mandatory quarantine period, provided they satisfy the below-mentioned criteria. Commentators and broadcast crew who are working on the above three series can also avail Bubble to Bubble transfers provided they satisfy the criteria.”

BCCI also clarified on the fact that players who are not in any bio secured bubble will have to undergo the 6-day mandatory quarantine period before joining the franchise. 

“All franchise team members must quarantine in their hotel room for 6 full days before entering the bubble. Upon arrival and before commencing any group training activities, all team members who will be included in the Bubble will follow the below mentioned COVID-19 RT-PCR testing plan. A nasopharyngeal swab will be taken for testing. Test reports are available within 8 to 12 hours after sample collection,” BCCI mentioned in the advisory. 

BCCI will be creating 14 bio-bubbles for the smooth conduct of IPL 2021 Phase 2. The 14 bio-bubbles will include 8 teams, 3 match officials and 3 broadcast commentators and crew members bubbles. 

The IPL 2021 was suspended due to the bio-bubble breach in May 2021. BCCI has issued a warning for anyone who breaches the bio-bubble. “Breach of any Bio Secure Environment protocols by franchise members or their families will be subject to disciplinary action by the BCCI,” the board warned the players and members. 

The Phase 2 of IPL 2021 is all set to kickstart from September 19th in UAE.

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