The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)has set a stricter punishment rule for bio-secure bubble breach in the UAE, following the reports of a CSK player, KM Asif doing so. From deductions from a financial perspective to handing a mandatory-quarantine period to the player, to the franchise being awarded demerit points, the BCCI has laid out fresh pointers for such offence.
As per initial reports in the Indian Express, KM Asif became the first player in IP 2020 to breach the bio-bubble. The newspaper also added saying he misplaced his key and went to the reception which does not fall under the designated places. He is currently under six days of quarantine.
However, soon after CSK CEO K Vishwanathan clarified that Asif did not break any bio-bubble. He said that though Asif misplaced his keys, he did not breach the bio bubble.
“I don’t know if facts have been checked because while there is a reception in the lobby, the staff attending to the CSK unit is different. KM Asif obviously would not go and speak to the general staff. The boys know that there is a dedicated team working with the players” the CSK CEO said.
BCCI Set New Guidelines For Bio-Bubble Breach
Meanwhile, as per BCCI’s new rules, each player will be handed a six-day mandatory quarantine if he is found breaching the bio-bubble protocols for the very first time as per PTI. If he commits the same mistake again, the particular player will be suspended from playing one match for the franchise along with a warning. A third offence of the same and the players will be asked to leave the tournament, this time without any warning.
The BCCI has also stated that the franchise to which the player belongs will be subjected to a hefty fine of NR 1 crore fine, if he is found guilty of breaching the bubble. On top of that, the particular player will be penalised as well.
He will be fined a sum of Rs AED 3000 (INR 60,000) if the franchise fails to complete his daily health report, or if he doesn’t wear the GPS tracker or for that matter miss his routine health checkup.
As per the current BCCI guidelines, all players and support staff are tested once every five days. Members are not allowed to meet each other outside their own bubble. If a breach of any kind is found, the franchise will be fined a sum of rupees 1 crore in the first instance. In the second instance, two points will be deducted from their points tally.