The 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) got an unexpected break because a couple of players tested positive for Kovid-19. The Cricket League will resume next month but in the UAE. However, this time the BCCI is not in the mood to take any chances and accordingly it has brought stringent new rules and every franchise, player and support staff must follow them regularly.
The first and foremost rule is that if the ball hits the six, it will be replaced. If the ball reaches the stands, it is immediately cleaned by the umpires on the field but if they are out of the stadium, a new ball is issued. The new rule is tough on the balling side but the BCCI believes the ball may catch the virus. There is no conclusive evidence that the virus can contact the ball, but the BCCI is very cautious.
The second is to ban players from spitting on the floor. The BCCI has decided to issue tissue papers to each player and the chewing gum should be folded into a tissue and the players should carefully leave them in the dustbin.
Third, players are prohibited from sharing water bottles and other beverages. Each player is given their own bottle and energy drinks are made in their individual bottles. All bottles have player name labels.
Fourth, players are restricted to using restaurants, cafes and locker rooms. These are provided by Hotel Management. BCCI is coordinating with Kovid-19 to provide better facilities.
These are the main rules and the BCCI has sent clear directions to franchises and players. Violating them invites unnecessary complications and the BCCI is more likely to call if any unwanted incident is reported.
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