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BCB following Tokyo Olympic guidelines to protect BBPL players, staff

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 20 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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BCB following Tokyo Olympic guidelines to protect BBPL players, staff
Fortune Barishal all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is seen during a jersey unveiling ceremony.

A Bangladesh Cricket Board official said on Wednesday that the BBPL franchises need to be more responsible in order to protect their players and support staff from getting infected by coronavirus.

Corona had already hit the BPL considering a few cricketers and support staff had already been infected by the virus.

Despite the rise of the corona, franchises seem to be busy promoting their teams by organising different programs like jersey launching and so on.

“All the stakeholders, franchise officials, players all have an important role to play and we can’t succeed without them,” BCB chief physician Debashis Chowdhury told reporters on Wednesday.

“Of course, we have to be more aware in places where there is a crowd present. Our stakeholders will have to be more careful if we want to finish the tournament successfully,” he said.

Debashish added that the number of corona cases doesn’t put the tournament at risk.

“We have one more day of tests left. If we can do today’s test and compile everything, we will know how many are affected. Till now the number of cases that I have seen, do not put the tournament at risk,” he said, adding that they are following the guideline that was in place during Tokyo Olympics.

“The guideline we are using is in the same vein as the one used in the Tokyo Olympics. We are applying it within the existing reality here. Previously, we have tried to ensure the health and safety of BCL and other bilateral series. We were able to finish those tournaments without major problems. Now we want to use that experience in the BPL,” he added.

Debashish said that the tournament will not have a very strict corona protocol while adding that if a player is infected he can play the game after being in isolation for 10 days.

“It’s not exactly strict. Sports have detached it from what we used to previously call a bio-bubble. These days, the term bio-bubble is not used. Now it’s called Managed Event Environment (MEE). It’s aligned to current realities to make the scenario friendly and the bio-bubble less strict. MEE was seen in Tokyo,” he said.

“If a player is infected he will have 10-day isolation and after completing 10-day isolation he can play, If he receives two negatives before completing the 10-day isolation he can play,” he said.

Cricketers are expected to report to their respective hotels by January 19 ahead of the tournament, scheduled from January 21.