DDCA vaccinates entire staff ahead of IPL; BCCI may ask hosting states to ramp up protocols for local officials | Cricket News

2021-04-03 16:28:56

NEW DELHI: The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is showing the way ahead for the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to conduct an incident-free IPL. DDCA president Rohan Jaitley has organized a free vaccination drive for the entire staff after due permissions from the central government. TOI understands that BCCI plans to communicate with the rest of the host associations to put in stringent protocols for the local officials involved in staging the IPL.
“The moment IPL matches were allotted to DDCA, Jaitley wanted to cut down as many risks when it came to curb the Covid-19 outbreak at the Arun Jaitley stadium. He procured special permission from the government and started the drive. The groundstaff were the first to get the shots. Now, all employees and directors will get the jabs,” a senior DDCA official said.
The state units may be urged to follow DDCA’s vaccination drive. There are a few associations who have already mulled the option but are yet to implement it. The idea is to ramp up the protocols and ensure that only the ones with assigned roles enter the ground.
TOI understands that BCCI is apprehensive about local officials breaching protocols. It will be communicated to other state associations that they must start implementing the protocols and consider a basic bubble for their local officials and groundstaff.
“There has been no specific communication to the grounds and pitches committee as to how they should be in a bubble for the IPL. They have been just handed match-day and training guidelines. But there has to be a basic template about how and who should be allowed in the ground during IPL,” sources in the board told TOI.

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