IPL 2021: Separate check-in points, daily tests and Bluetooth devices at airport, BCCI plans to fight Corona
IPL 2021 is about to start but the tournament is also under the threat of corona virus. Already players, franchise staff and many people associated with the tournament have fallen prey to this virus. In such a situation, there is a challenge before the BCCI to organize IPL 2021 without any major loss. Even before the start of IPL, 36 cases of corona have been reported. Right now all teams and people associated with IPL are all in bio bubble. All will remain the same till the tournament is over. Also, the entry of spectators during the matches is also closed. But to deal with Corona, the BCCI will have to work hard. For this, the board has also taken some steps. These include separate check-in counters at the airport, daily corona tests and the appointment of Integrity Officer to monitor the bio bubble.
The BCCI also organized the IPL in the year 2020. Even then the tournament was played in the UAE amidst the bio bubble. Not a single case of corona was revealed during IPL 2020. But at that time the entire match was played in only three stadiums. Also, the teams traveled via bus. But this time it is not so. The matches of IPL 2021 will be played in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Chennai. There is a lot of distance between these cities. In such a situation, traveling by bus is not possible, so the plane will have to be used. It is also risky to use the airport. If there are many people there, then there is a possibility of coming into contact with the virus.
Demand for a separate check-in point at the airport
Corona cases have increased in Mumbai and Delhi in recent times. Due to this, night curfew has been implemented here. In such a situation, the BCCI will now request the Government of India to create separate check-in points for the players at the airport, so that the bio bubble can be safe. In fact, after Mumbai's talent scout Kiran More came to Corona positive, the BCCI had to take this decision. Morey was negative before boarding the flight to Chennai, but after reaching there, his test came positive. In such a situation, it is believed that Morey came in contact with the virus at the airport.
Bluetooth device will keep an eye
Also, the Bio Bubble Integrity Officer will decide that no player leaves his room without a mask. If there is no mask, the players will not be allowed to use the common area of the hotel. Players will also have to wear masks while leaving the stadium. The BCCI claims that Bluetooth devices have also been provided to track the movement of players.