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BCCI to form a Bio Bubble for IPL, Vivo pulls out as Sponsor

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From dates to the venue, everything is decided and announced by the BCCI regarding the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). However, approval from the central government is still waiting.

Also Read: IPL 2020 to Start on 19 September in UAE amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Coming to deliver the match in the safest, secured, and COVID-19 proof manner, the 13th edition of IPL shall commence on September 19, 2020. BCCI has also received an offer from Tata Medical and Diagnostics as a helping hand. The TATA Group has planned to create an end to end ‘Bio Bubble’ solution for the upcoming league by offering it’s expertise and assistance to the BCCI during this hard time of COVID-19 Pandemic.

What is Bio Bubble?

A process witnessed in the recent England-West Indies series Bio Bubble is a biodiverse environment involves,

  • Heavily restricted movements of players by keeping them isolated and hence minimize any contact with could lead to COVID-19 infection.
  • There won’t be any outings or any contacts from the visitors or any family members for the duration of the tournament.
  • All players landing in the UAE will be put under self-quarantine before beginning the season of IPL. In this period, the players will be given an extended time to practice for the coming matches.
  • The Cricket grounds will render audience-less as to avoid any contamination or spread of the virus.
  • There are chances that IPL may also witness commentary covered back from home in India. To minimize the number of people in a Bio Diverse Environment.
  • IPL, through the Bio Bubble, can also witness a possibility of contactless umpires.

During the meet on Sunday, IPL Governing Council Chairman Brijesh Patel said that the pitch from the Tata group is extremely impressive, and the final calls will take place by the end of this week.

It so happens that TATA Motors is also associated with the IPL as a central sponsor this year, another noteworthy Tata group company.

What has TATA medical proposed for IPL 2020?

The TATA medical group and diagnostics proposed that for a smooth flow of 2020, league teams in the UAE and India will partner with and work alongside BCCI franchises, the IPL event management team, and Emirates Cricket Board for an end to end safer management.

The group has come up with a Holistic program. The program will concern examining tests, technology, and expert insights to create an integrated safety solution that will cover the entire event along with the players and the stakeholders of IPL 2020.

The Tata group also suggested a solution that will be levered with an intensive understanding of the criticality of the surrounding in the ongoing situation and what possible risk factors might affect them. To Overcome that they will categorize various criticality groups in this manner:

  • Platinum: Example-Coaches and Players,
  • Gold: Example-TV broadcasting crew members,
  • Silver: Example-Entertainers

On the other hand, IPL spot-fixing petitioner Aditya Verma has requested the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to conduct the T20 league in India and not in UAE. This, according to the Pandemic situation, is not a safer option.

Verma also insisted that instead of creating bio-bubble ideology in UAE, make it in a city like Mumbai, which will become far more comfortable than having three separate zones in three UAE cities. Considering the number of active cases in India which is more than five lakh, it becomes an off the platter topic.

When told that foreign players will be traveling to India as compared to Dubai, where the case count is less than a lakh, Verma said that BCCI should think of turning to this year’s league only between the Indian Players.

The Standard Operating Procedures for the franchises and the Broadcasters:

The IPL General council is ready with the Standard operating procedures for the IPL 2020, but it has still not been handed over to the franchises and the broadcasters.

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The GC will assess the procedure mapping that was offered by the TATA Medical and Diagnostics group within the next 2-3 days. And if the proposal is accepted. The BCCI will incorporate all the suggestions from the company into the SOP’s Docket and will then move ahead by handing it over to those concerned.

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