The Covid-19 recovery protocols put in place by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mean that Axar Patel, the Delhi Capitals all-rounder who has tested positive, will be out of action for a minimum of 10 days. It rules him out of at least Delhi’s opening fixture against Chennai Super Kings on April 10.
In a detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), the BCCI has prescribed a period of 10-day quarantine and cardiac screening for any player/official/staff who has tested positive. The affected individual must isolate himself in a designated area that is outside of the Bio-Secure Environment and must avoid any physical exercise.
The individual can return to the team bubble if the RT-PCR tests return negative on Days 9 and 10 but there are other boxes that need to be ticked.
“During the 10-day isolation, the individual will undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 9 and Day 10. Provided, both the test results from Day 9 and Day 10 are negative, and he/she does not have any symptoms for more than 24 hours, the individual will be permitted to re-enter the Bio-Secure Environment. After recovery, players must undergo a cardiac screening before resuming any team activities,” the BCCI has recommended.
Axar, who is a key cog at Delhi Capitals, will finish his mandated 10-day isolation only on April 12. Delhi’s second game, also at the Wankhede Stadium, is against Rajasthan Royals on April 15.
The 27-year-old left-arm spinner played 15 games last season for Delhi, scoring 117 runs and picking nine wickets at a healthy strike rate.
Following are the list of protocols recommended by the BCCI for those testing positive.
- Suspected/positive cases will be immediately isolated from rest of the squad.
- The Team Doctor will inform the BCCI Chief Medical Officer immediately.
- The local Health Authority will be immediately notified of the positive RT-PCR test result.
- The case will be managed in close coordination with accredited hospitals and treatment centres equipped with COVID-19 testing and treatment.
- All concerned cases shall be dealt with as per the guidelines set by the Government applicable to that particular area.
- Contact tracing must commence immediately. All individuals who have been in close contact with the case during the previous 48 hours starting from the time of collection of the sample which resulted in a positive test, will be isolated and tested. All casual contacts in the last 48 hours starting from the time of collection of the sample which resulted in a positive test, will also be isolated and tested immediately.
- All staff handling positive cases must mandatorily wear a full PPE kit (goggles, face shield, N95 mask, gloves, coverall/gowns, head cover and shoe covers) while handling a suspected/positive COVID-19 case.
- During the 10-day isolation, the individual must rest and avoid any exercises.
- The team doctor should regularly monitor the case.
- If symptoms worsen during the course of isolation, the individual must be hospitalised immediately.
- During the 10-day isolation, the individual will undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 9 and Day 10. Provided, both the test results from Day 9 and Day 10 are negative, and he/she does not have any symptoms for more than 24 hours, the individual will be permitted to re-enter the Bio-Secure Environment.
- After recovery, players must undergo a cardiac screening before resuming any team activities.
BCCI appoints Bubble Integrity Managers
Meanwhile, the BCCI has appointed Bubble Integrity Managers for each franchise and also for broadcast and operation teams. The BCCI informed the teams of the appointment of four officials on Thursday and the franchises have confirmed that all of them have taken charge.
The Integrity Managers will be part of the respective team Bubbles and travel with the teams for the entire duration of IPL 2021. “Their job will be to report any Bio-secure Environment protocol breaches by members of the franchise team to the BCCI Chief Medical Officer,” the BCCI said.
The BCCI has formed 12 bubbles – 8 for franchises, 2 for match officials and match management teams and 2 more for broadcast commentators and crew.