Franchises are “upset” by BCCI as Covid-19 violates again
IPL 2021 – Covid-19 in IPL: Covid-19 has once again broken through the IPL fortress, this time in the United Arab Emirates. T. Natarajan tested positive on Wednesday and isolated at this point with his 6 close contacts. The episode made the IPL franchises and played not only worried but also upset. Upset because franchises feel “unlike the last IPL in the United Arab Emirates, the BCCI is not taking full protection against Covid-19 this time around”. Two of the managers of the IPL franchise InsideSport.co spoke on Wednesday evening also asked BCCI on “why the contact tracing app is not in use this time”
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A franchise source currently in Dubai confirmed to InsideSport.co that “the organizers are no longer using a mobile app to track close contacts, which was the norm during the last edition in the United Arab Emirates.”
The source of the franchise was not only upset but also very surprised that âBCCI is cutting costs on such a small thing. The contact tracing app was a great way to track bubble breaches, but BCCI isn’t using the same thing this time around and relies on contributions from the affected person to monitor the spread.
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Another franchise that InsideSport.co spoke to also confirmed the non-use of the contact tracing app. Said franchise manager also went so far as to say that one or two other violations, like what happened with Natarajan, can derail the event again.
âIt’s unfortunate, very worrying. One or two more cases like what happened with the SSR camp can derail the league again. BCCI and all the others must take more precautions â
IPL 2021: Franchises are “angry” with BCCI as Covid-19 violates IPL again, asks “why no contact tracing application? “
IPL 2021 – Covid-19 in IPL: For its part, the BCCI is confident and sure of the measures taken by it. InsideSport.co has learned that after the Natarajan incident, BCCI further sent a statement to all franchises to be “very careful” in the future. The board has asked teams to strictly follow social distancing standards, wearing masks when traveling on team buses, training sessions and on hotel premises.
âWe are extremely baffled by what happened with Natarajan. All protective measures have been taken by the BCCI. SRH management told us that Natarajan from the first day of landing in the UAE had not left BIO-BUBBLE. It may be that while on board or in flight to the United Arab Emirates he was infected, but as of yet we have no idea. He is isolated for the moment with his relatives and we are now vigilant on the entire SSR team ‘, informed one of the officials of the BCCI of InsideSport.
This development is a blow to SRH, who was unable to take advantage of his services in the first leg due to an injury. Natarajan, 30, owns 20 IPL wickets in 24 matches he has played. The IPL resumed here on Sunday after having to be halted in May due to several cases of COVID in its bio-bubble when the event was unfolding in India.
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Even then, SRH was hit when Wriddhiman Saha, wicket keeper and senior batsman, tested positive. The league was suspended after its report was released, adding to the three cases detected previously.
IPL 2021: Natarajan tested positive, other franchises, players worried
IPL 2021 – Covid-19 in IPL: The Natarajan episode also worried other franchises and players. The BCCI decided to continue the match on Wednesday despite Natarajan’s positive test. For now, Natarajan is in complete isolation and will be under constant surveillance. He can only join the team after 10 days and two negative results.
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Even the close contacts of Natarajan ie Vijay Shankar (Player). Vijay Kumar (team leader), Shyam Sundar J (physiotherapist), Anjana Vannan (doctor), Tushar Khedkar (logistics manager) and Periyasamy Ganesan (net Bowler) – will remain isolated for the time being and will be continuously monitored.
Other franchises and players are also very concerned now and as reported by BCCI, they will remain more vigilant and cautious regarding the BIO-BUBBLE set up by BCCI in UAE.