The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appears to be cracking down on Covid violators (IPL). Players and team officials who break protocol during the IPL 2022 will face severe penalties for bubble breach. It will range from a one-match penalty to a seven-day re-quarantine to exclusion from the event.
A bubble breach by a player’s or match official’s family member will result in even harsher penalties.
More stringently, if a team knowingly permits an outsider into the team bubble, it might be fined up to Rs 1 crore for the first infringement. This will come with consecutive lapses resulting in a one- or two-point reduction from the team’s total in IPL 2022.
BCCI’s statement on the bubble breach rules of IPL 2022
BCCI officials commented on the issue that the Covid-19 pandemic poses a serious threat to the individuals and the cooperation. The rules that have come up now is laid out as a part of the safety concerns of the personnel that are involved with IPL 2022.
Table A of punishments for bubble breach in IPL 2022
First offense – According to the health & safety protocols during IPL 2022, a 7-day re-quarantine will be provided. Pay will not be given for the matches that they have missed.
Second Offense – A one-match suspension without pay will be given to the players who breach the bubble. This will take place after the completion of the 7-day quarantine.
Third Offense – On the third-degree offense a player will be removed from the squad for the rest of the season. No replacement will be allowed for the franchise.
Punishment for a family member for bubble breach
First Offense – A 7-day re-quarantine will be provided for the family member or such other period re-quarantine as may be provided during IPL 2022.
Second Offense – A permanent removal of the friend or family member from the bubble for the rest of the season and a 7-day quarantine for the player who is concerned.
Other bubble breach Sanctions of IPL 2022 are as follows:
Breach: If a franchise is not able to field a team for any match due to the unavailability of 12 players available, 11 in the playing XI plus 1 substitute fielder.
Sanction: BCCI will be discreetly attempting to reschedule the match for later in the IPL 2022. The issue will be referred to the IPL Technical Committee if it is not possible. The decision by the IPL Technical Committee will be final.
Breach: Allowing a family member or friend into the Bio-Secure Bubble willingly is considered a breach. Health and safety protocols during IPL 2022 and negative test protocols are required to move the game forward.
First Offense: According to the rules and regulations, a fine is payable by the Franchisee to BCCI of INR 10000000.
Second Offense: There will be a deduction of 1 point from the franchise that breaches the bubble.
Third and Subsequent offenses: There will be a deduction of 2 points from the franchise that breaches the bubble.
Breach: An unauthorized exit from a Player’s Bio-Secure Bubble, or that of a family member, necessitating the Player’s re-quarantine for 7 days or the duration specified in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022.
Sanctions: A fine equal to the pro-rata League Fee that would have been paid to the Player if he had been available for the match (es) during the re-quarantine period, payable by the Franchisee to BCCI.
Breach: Other breaches of the Health and Safety Protocols were discovered during IPL 2022. (E.g. non-provision of the “must-have” facilities in the hotels, training facilities & ground transportation).