BCCI SOPs: Domestic cricketers must sign consent form before resuming training

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All domestic cricketers will have to sign a form with their consent before resuming training in their respective centres, while anyone over 60 years of age and with underlying medical conditions will be barred from taking part in the training sessions, the BCCI told the state associations in a list of standard operating procedures (SOPs) sent out on Sunday.

The 100-page document said that players will have to sign the form acknowledging the risks involved with training resumption amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The health and safety of players, staff and stakeholders will be the sole responsibility of respective State Cricket Associations,” read the document, which PTI has accessed. Support staff, officials and ground staff over 60 years of age and individuals with underlying medical conditions are barred from attending training camps until “suitable guidelines are issued by the Government”, it added. From travelling to the stadium to training there, the players will have to follow strict safety protocols.

Before the commencement of the camp, the medical team should acquire travel and medical history (past two weeks) of all players and staff through an online questionnaire. Any players and staff suspected to have Covid-19-like symptoms should undergo PCR tests.

“Two tests one day apart (day 1 and day 3) should be done to account for false negatives. If both the test results are negative, only then they should be included in the camp,” the document said.

The players will have to wear an N95 mask (without a valved respirator) on the way to the stadium and will be encouraged to wear eyewear in public places as well as during training.

“A webinar before commencement and in-person education workshop on day 1 of the camp must be conducted by the CMO (chief medical officer) for all players and staff…” Players are advised to take their own transportation on way to the stadium. Also, following the ICC’s ban, the players are barred from using saliva.

The 2019-2020 domestic season ended in March but the 2020-21 season, which usually starts in August, is set to be a curtailed one due to the health crisis.




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