BCCI to facilitate 30,000 RT-PCR tests during IPL 2nd phase

MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India, along with VPS Healthcare, has arranged for 30,000 RT-PCR tests to be conducted on players, support staff, and others associated with the Indian Premier League in the upcoming secoond phase of the IPL in the UAE and Oman. 

Unlike the IPL's first phase, when the tests were done after every five days, the IPL remainder will see an RT-PCR test conducted on each player after every third day, PTI reports. 

The Dubai-based medical company will also look after emergency treatment of players and even air ambulance support. To avoid the travel of players outside the bio-bubble, the same company will arrange for medical services at the hotel bio-bubble itself. 

A team of 100 medical professionals has been assigned for Covid-19 management. 750 hotel staff across 14 hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are working to control the spread of Covid-19. BCCI is very cautious of not repeating the same mistakes that they did in the first phase of the IPL. 

“Our team is completely equipped to take care of the medical needs of the IPL participants. The UAE has a good strike rate in seamlessly conducting high-profile sports events during the pandemic. Even in these challenging times, the country is setting new benchmarks in expertly managing international sporting tournaments through its state-of-the-art stadiums, watertight measures, and well-trained personnel," Dr Shajir Gaffar, CEO of VPS Healthcare (Dubai and Northern Emirates), told PTI. 

“With the second leg of the IPL and ICC T20 World Cup happening back-to-back, the UAE can solidify its pioneering position as a safe global sporting destination," he added.