FAQs: IPL 2021 Covid-19 protocols in the UAE
Who can travel to the UAE, who can't, who can move from one bubble to another, and other questions answered
Everyone making the trip must take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before their scheduled departure. If the test is negative, they may travel to the franchises' cities of choice.
Players, support staff, commentators and broadcast crew travelling directly from the biosecure bubbles created for the England vs India series, Sri Lanka vs South Africa series and the Caribbean Premier League can move directly from one bubble to another. They need not serve the mandatory quarantine period in the UAE provided they satisfy the following criteria.
Other participants will have to quarantine for six days upon arrival and undergo three RT-PCR tests, on days two, four and six, before being allowed to train or participate in IPL matches. Entry into the bubbles would only be permitted after confirmation that all three test results are negative.
It is not mandatory but advisable for all participants to be fully vaccinated before they travel to the UAE. But irrespective of the vaccination status, all participants will have to follow the protocols, including quarantine and testing during the tournament.
Any participant - player or others - testing positive for Covid-19 will have to isolate for a minimum of 10 days. The individual will be tested on day nine and day ten. Two consecutive negative RT-PCR tests taken 24 hours apart, full resolution of symptoms, and no use of medication for more than 24 hours are mandatory for re-entry into a bubble.
The BCCI will engage a medical services provider that will have hospitals equipped to handle all medical requirements of the players and others. For hospital visits, Green Corridors would be created to ensure minimal contact with outsiders, so that players and others are able to return safely to their biosecure bubbles.
In all, 14. Eight bubbles for the eight teams, three for match officials, and three more for commentators and broadcast crew.
Yes, no change there.
If that happens, or the ball goes out of the stadium, the ball will be replaced. The original ball, when recovered, will be sanitised and placed in the ball library.
Breach of any such protocol by franchise members or their families would be subject to disciplinary action by the BCCI.
Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo