IPL 2020: BCCI fined Rs 1 crore for removing players from tournament for bio-bubble violation
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Players face eviction from the tournament and their teams, a huge fine of Rs one crore in addition to the points cut on violations of the bio-bubble imposed for the IPL. In a notification sent by the BCCI to all eight participating franchises, a player must undergo a six-day quarantine for an “unauthorized departure” from the bubble. It will be a one-match suspension if it is the second offense and the third violation will be removed from the tournament with no substitution provided. Players can be fined as much as 3000 AED (60,000 INR approx) for not completing their daily health passports, not wearing a GPS tracker, and not missing a scheduled COVID-19 test.
The same rules apply for family members and team officials. All players and support staff are being tested in the UAE every fifth day of the tournament. Team officials also need to be very careful in ensuring that strict bio-bubbles are not violated. If a franchise allows “anyone in the bubble to interact with players / support staff”, they will have to pay a penalty of 1 core on the first offense, one point deducted in the second offense and two points ( Equal to) a win for the third violation).
In an unexpected but probable scenario when a team is unable to make a playing XI as less than 12 players are available, the BCCI will try to reschedule and, if that is not possible, the match will be considered a defeat. The teams face an investigation by the BCCI in case of repeated violations of health and safety calls for an incident between the epidemic.
There have been no positive cases since two of the 13 members of the CSK squad, including the players, failed their COVID tests and recovered after mandatory quarantine. The COVID-19 epidemic has claimed more than one million lives globally since its onset in Wuhan, China.