No contact tracing bands in this IPL, Bubble Integrity officers to keep track of teams

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Aug 9, 1:30 PM

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to do away with the contract tracing bands, haired as a pioneering technology during the 2020 edition of the IPL. They would now be replaced with Bubble Integrity Officers, who were also present during the last edition, but whose roles were confined to checking bubble breaches only. This time around they would be travelling with each team and tracking all their movements. 

The reason for doing away with contact tracing bands was their inefficiency in catching the movement.  

“BCCI has decided to do away with the idea of wearing contact tracing bands as not only is it sometimes difficult to feed information for sportspersons during the course of a tournament but also, we had a few instances earlier this year when the devices couldn't catch the movement of the players and the fact that they had left a certain location wasn't updated and players and support staff realised this much later,” a source told ANI. 

The reason behind employing the Bubble Integrity Officers is the fact that they can accordingly at any instance of breach instead of a separate team assessing the case and taking action. 

"As a result, it has been decided that the Bubble Integrity Officers present with the teams will keep a track of the movements and act accordingly if there is a case that comes up during the course of the tournament. There will be 4 integrity officers with each team and will work in shifts to help with this," the source explained. 

Within the Bio-Secure Environment, 14 bubbles will be created as mentioned below: 

Franchise teams and support staff - 8 Bubble, 

Match Officials Match Management Team - 3 Bubbles

Broadcast Commentators and crew - 3 Bubbles.

The source further explained the regulation for the tournament which will be beginning on September 19 in UAE. "All franchise team members must quarantine in their hotel room for 6 full days before entering the bubble,” he said. 

“Upon arrival and before commencing any group training activities, all team members who will be included in the bubble will follow the below-mentioned RT-PCR testing plan. A nasopharyngeal swab will be taken for testing. Test reports are available within 8-12 hours after sample collection,” added the guidelines as accessed by ANI.

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