The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday informed that a total of 13 people have tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in UAE for the IPL 2020. Two among these are players, the release stated.
BCCI in an official statement said released on Saturday said:
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has put in place stringent health and safety protocols for the Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 Season, which is scheduled to start from September 19th in the UAE.
“Accordingly, upon landing in the UAE, all the participants have followed a mandatory testing and quarantine programme. A total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID tests were carried out between August 20th – 28th across all participant groups in the UAE. These groups include Players, Support Staff, Team Management, BCCI Staff, IPL Operational team, Hotel and ground transport Staff.
“13 personnel have tested positive of which 2 are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team.
“As per the IPL 2020 Health and Safety Protocols, testing on all participants will be conducted regularly throughout the IPL 2020 Season.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.
The 53 matches, including the final on November 10, will be played across Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
“Taking note of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in India, the IPL GC decided to stage the tournament in the United Arab Emirates,” Jay Shah, BCCI honorary secretary, said in a statement earlier.