Latest Cricket News: 30,000 RT-PCR tests will be performed by BCCI during IPL phase 2, and medical personnel will remain in the same bubble

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Latest Cricket News: During the second phase of the IPL 2021, which will take place in the United Arab Emirates, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its medical service provider will facilitate approximately 30,000 RT-PCR testings on all IPL players, support staff, and other stakeholders. VPS Healthcare, the BCCI’s medical service provider, will lead the charge for the remaining 31 matches in the world’s largest franchise-based T20 competition.

Furthermore, it has been stated that the Dubai-based health care organisation would be in charge of emergency treatment for players, sports medical experts, and an air ambulance throughout the tournament, which will begin on September 19. The doctors and nursing staff will be housed in the same hotel bio-bubbles to limit player movement, even in the event of a medical emergency.

RT-PCR testing will be performed every third day in Phase 2 of IPL 2021, rather than every fifth day as was the case in IPL 2020. A 100-member multidisciplinary team for sports medicine and COVID-19 management has also been established to cater to the requirements of the players and other members of the IPL entourage.

“The UAE is setting new standards in the expert management of international sporting events.”

Aside from that, for each match, two medical teams consisting of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and laboratory technicians will be allocated to each stadium. The BCCI’s medical service provider had already evaluated over 750 hotel personnel across 14 hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi before the players arrived in the UAE. Players from the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings squads have been undergoing tests since August 13. Over 30,000 PCR tests are expected to be performed this year, thanks to the new protocol’s requirement for tests every three days.

“During the epidemic, the UAE had an excellent track record of smoothly hosting high-profile sporting events. Even in these difficult times, the country is setting new standards in the expert management of international sporting tournaments, thanks to its cutting-edge stadiums, watertight security measures, and well-trained personnel “According to a PTI report, Dr. Shajir Gaffar, CEO of VPS Healthcare (Dubai and the Northern Emirates), said.

“The UAE can strengthen its pioneering status as a safe global sporting destination by hosting the second leg of the IPL and the ICC T20 World Cup back-to-back,” he added.

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