Editorial: Challenging show

The 13th edition of IPL is being organised in a never-seen-before environment as there is Covid outbreak.

To ensure safety to those involved, bio-bubbles have been created, and matches in the initial phase of the competition will be held behind closed doors. Regular checks are being conducted.

It is a real challenge for all the players and support staff. It is something we have never experienced before. We have got to adapt, CSK consultant Mike Hussey said.

All overseas players and support staff also need to undergo two Covid-19 RT-PCR tests before flying in to the UAE and can only fly if the tests are negative. If not, then the same 14-day quarantine period and two negative tests to be able to fly to the UAE.

The players and support staff were tested on day 1, day 3 and day 6 of their quarantine in the UAE and after clearing that, they will be tested every fifth day during the 53-day event.

Over and above the BCCI testing protocol, the teams can do more tests on their own and additional tests may also be conducted under the rules put in place by the UAE government.

The most noticeable feature of cricket’s bio-bubbles is the strange sight of empty stands without spectators. This means even a stunning six or magical spells of tearaway fast-bowling will only be met with silence.

 

NT Bureau