The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has permitted Bubble to Bubble transfers for the forthcoming IPL season. In an elaborate document
listing out Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and bio-secure protocols, the BCCI has said players can directly enter a franchise Bubble from their national-team Bubbles.
More specifically, the BCCI stated, post the England series, the India and England players can directly enter their IPL Bubbles without having to undergo a quarantine period. In other
circumstances, however, everyone- be it a player, owner, franchise management member, commentator, or a match official – must undergo
seven days of quarantine.
It is a relief for teams expecting players from overseas Bubbles – like those taking part in the South Africa-Pakistan series. The franchise
officials believe that the Bubble-to-Bubble transfer rules will apply for them as long as they are flying by chartered flights.
In all, 12 Bubbles will be created eight Bubbles include franchise teams and support staff, two Bubbles are meant for match officials and match
management teams and two more Bubbles for broadcast commentators and crew. The BCCI has also made it clear that its officials and operations teams will not be part of any Bubble and as a consequence, the BCCI officials cannot interact in person with any player, team support staff, match management teams and broadcast crews. The owners, who want to be part of the Bubble must quarantine in their hotel room for seven days before entering it.