The BCCI is planning to form a COVID-19 task force and it will include National Cricket Academy (NCA) head, Rahul Dravid apart from others like the Indian board said in its SOP to state associations. For resumption of training at the NCA in Bengaluru, the COVID task force will include Dravid, a medical officer, a hygiene officer, and BCCI AGM, Cricket Operations.
According to the SOPs, their responsibilities will include, “Communicating clearly and regularly with the players, explaining measures being taken to manage risk, and the advice being given to individuals to follow the same and update of COVID19 cases to relevant higher management.”
It further added, “All the Players and staff including administrative staff of NCA shall be tested for COVID-19 (RT-PCR test) to detect the possibility of COVID 19 infection before the resumption of training.”
The SOPs clearly states that that “Spectators, players” parents and other visitors will not be allowed to enter the stadium at any time of the day. Only players, support staff, and others will be permitted to visit the ground, catering, and security staff should be permitted.
The SOPs explained, “If any visitors are permitted, then they must be compulsorily screened using a non-contact thermometer before entry into the stadium/ground. They must wear a triple layer mask covering their nose and mouth at all times.”
Only one entry point to the stadium should be accessible to control access to the ground. The ground staff should prepare the ground and the wickets during the time outside of the team training hours, read the BCCI guidelines. However, it has not yet clarified that when will be the domestic season starts, but once it does all government guidelines will have to be followed.
The SOPs explained, “All decisions about the resumption of sporting activities must take place with careful reference to these principles following close consultation with MoHFW (union health ministry) and/or Local Public Health or other authorities, as relevant. Resumption of training will happen in a phased manner with progression from outdoor training activities to indoor training over the next few weeks as permitted by local health authorities.”