A study has shown that there is a slim chance of Covid-19 spreading from the use of the ball but the Indian board doesn't want to take any risk at all
The Indian Premier League ( IPL) 2021 suspended season is set to resume in the United Arab Emirates on September 19. Although the T20 league has been moved out of India to ensure its completion this season, IPL 2021 will need to be played under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure 100 percent safety for the cricketers as well as officials and other persons involved.
“If the cricket ball goes in the stands or outside the stadium, the fourth umpire will provide a replacement from the library of cricket balls. The previous ball when returned will be sanitized with alcohol-based wipes and/or UV-C by the fourth umpire and placed in the library,” the BCCI
Furthermore, ICC Executive Committee had earlier banned the use of saliva during the Covid-19 era. BCCI added that the players will also be prohibited to spit on the field.
“Members doing so must discard the soiled tissue paper securely in the provided dustbins,” the circular adds.
The BCCI will make sure that the players, coaching staff, and the commentators will be transported from the team bus straight to the aircraft. “The team bus drops the players straight onto the tarmac thereby avoiding the need for players to pass through the airport terminal building (and thus) preventing contact with other people outside the Bio-Secure Environment,” it further reads.
The BCCI is also considering allowing fans in the stadium but they will only be allowed to sit in the upper tier of the stadium.
The other rule changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the remaining IPL 2021 matches are…