IPL 2023 will start from 31 March
Corona protocol of IPL 2022 will be applicable
New Delhi. IPL 2023 will start from 31 March. Once again the cases of corona have started increasing in India and the risk of new H3N2 virus is also increasing. Amidst this, BCCI has taken a big decision regarding IPL 2023. Even though the corona protocol has been relaxed in big sports tournaments around the world. Now Corona positive players are also fearlessly coming on the field. But, the BCCI does not want to take any risk and has decided to adopt last year’s corona protocol this time as well. That is, if a player is found corona infected, then he will have to remain in isolation for at least 7 days before rejoining his team.
IPL 2023 will not happen in the bio-secure bubble. But, in view of the increasing cases of Corona, the IPL management has decided to take precaution. For this reason, the players who are found to be Corona positive will not be allowed to play the match. The infected player will not be able to train with the team until his two corona reports come negative.
There will be strictness in IPL regarding Corona
According to the report of ESPNcricinfo, in the medical guideline of IPL which was sent to all the franchisees this week, it has been written that even though there has been a decline in the cases of corona in India. But, cases of new strains and different types of viruses are also increasing rapidly. In such a situation, there is a need to take extra precaution.
Infected player will have to remain in isolation for 7 days
It has been written in this guideline that the players who are found corona infected will have to remain in isolation for 7 days. On the fifth day, they can get the RT-PCR test done. Provided that no symptoms of corona have been seen in them in the last 24 hours without any medicine. Players will be able to join the team only after the report of two RTPCR tests comes negative on the fifth and sixth day. Those who will see symptoms, only they will have corona test.
This is in stark contrast to the easing of restrictions in global sports, including international cricket, to deal with coronavirus cases. Last August, Australian all-rounder Tahlia McGrath became the first cricketer to play in the Commonwealth Games cricket final against India despite testing positive for COVID-19. After this, even in the Men’s Cricket World Cup, Matthew Wade was included in the Australian team in the league match against England despite being corona infected. However, this match was washed away in the rain.
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 18, 2023, 20:27 IST