The BCCI has decided to relinquish the bio-bubble for the domestic major cricket tournaments in a major development. It will be the first time ever since the covid-19 breakout that cricket will be played without a secured bio-bubble.
Keeping safety in mind, professional cricketers have been confined to the bio-bubbles and mandatory quarantines prior to entering the team’s bubble.
The process has become difficult for the professional cricketer as many athletes have complained about bio-bubble fatigue alongside creeping mental health issues.
BCCI to let go of bio-bubble and mandatory quarantines
The BCCI is planning to experiment with the two upcoming domestic tournaments this month. The teams participating in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy knockouts and the senior women’s T20 trophy, scheduled to get underway on April 18, have been informed about the same. As a result, the players won’t have to undergo mandatory quarantine periods after arriving in the host cities.
However, to ensure the safety of the players, RT-PCR tests will be conducted frequently. Moreover, the players are asked to stay alert and not be complacent while following the appropriate covid protocols. The players are also advised not to engage with outside people other than the tournament participants.
“When the IPL schedule was drawn, the third wave was still on the wane. The board didn’t want to take any chances with a multi-city tournament. There’s a lot at stake. These two domestic tournaments could be a good reference to where we stand when it comes to dealing with the virus,” a BCCI source told the Times of India.
“One may expect that the three-team Women’s T20 Challenge during the IPL may also see the bubbles relaxing for the players,” further added the BCCI source.
Meanwhile, as per the reports, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is also contemplating discarding the bubble life, and a decision regarding the same could be taken soon.