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Players face expulsion from the tournament and their teams, a hefty fine of Rs 1 crore in addition to points deduction if they breach the bio bubble set for the IPL. In a notice sent by the BCCI to all eight participating franchises, a player will be required to undergo a six-day quarantine for an “unauthorized exit” from the bubble. It will be a one match suspension if it is a second offense and a third offense will result in his removal from the tournament without having to provide a substitute. Players can be fined as much as 3000 AED (approximately 60,000 INR) for failing to complete their daily health passport, not wearing a GPS tracker, and missing a scheduled COVID-19 test.
The same rules apply to family members and team officials. All players and support staff are tested every fifth day of the tournament in the UAE. The team officials also have to be very careful to ensure that the strict bio bubble is not violated. If a franchise “allows each person in the bubble to communicate with players / support staff”, it will be charged a fine of Rs 1 core on the first offense, one point will be deducted on the second offense and two points (equal to one win ) for the third offense.
In an unlikely but possible scenario where a team is unable to play a playing XI because less than 12 players are available, the BCCI will try to reschedule and if that is not possible, the match will be considered as considered lost. Teams are also facing a BCCI investigation in case of repeated violations of health and safety calls set for the event taking place during the pandemic.
No positive cases have been reported since 13 members of the CSK squad, including two players, failed their COVID tests and recovered after the mandatory quarantine. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than a million lives worldwide since its inception in Wuhan, China.
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