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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided that the players, family members of a player, team officials, or match officials, whoever breaches the bio-bubble and Covid-19 protocols will face serious sanctions in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

If any franchise intentionally allows an outsider to enter the Indian Premier League bio-bubble then they will be fined up to Rs 1 crore for the 1st offence and for the subsequent breach the franchise could lose up to 2 points on the points table.

The players and officials who miss Covid-19 tests will be given a warning and for subsequent offences will be fined Rs 75,000 per offence.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious threat to the health of individuals and the cooperation, commitment and adherence by each Person Subject To These Operational Rules to the measure put in place to provide a safe environment is of paramount importance,” the BCCI said in its operational rules for the IPL 2022 as quoted by Cricbuzz

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IPL 2022: Sanctions For Bio-bubble Breach By Player, Team Officials Or Match Officials As Stated In Table A Of Punishments:

First offence – 7-day re-quarantine or such other period as may be provided in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022 (without pay for the number of matches missed)

Second offence – One match suspension (without pay) to take effect after the completion of the 7 day requarantine or such period requarantine as may be provided in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022 (without pay)

Third offence – Removal from the Registered Squad for the rest of the season – no replacement allowed.

For A Family Member:

First offence -7-day requarantine for the family member or such other period re-quarantine as may be provided in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022 and 7-day requarantine for the relevant Player, Team Official or Match Official or such other period requarantine as may be provided in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022 (without pay for the number of matches missed)

Second offence -permanent removal of the friend or family member from the bubble for the rest of the season and 7-day requarantine for the concerned Player, Team Official or Match Official or such other period quarantine as may be provided in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022 (without pay for the number of matches missed).

Other Sanctions:

Breach: If a franchisee is unable to field a team for any match due to having less than 12 Players available – 11 in the playing XI (of which at least 7 must be Indian) plus 1 substitute fielder

Sanction: BCCI, at its discretion, will attempt to reschedule the match for later in the season. If this is not possible, the issue will be referred to the IPL Technical Committee. The decision of the IPL Technical Committee will be final and binding.

Breach: Wilfully allowing any person into the Bio-Secure Bubble to have contact with the Players &/or Support Staff without that person going through the 7-day quarantine or such period as provided in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022 and negative test protocols as provided in the Health and Safety Protocols during IPL 2022 or failing to put in place adequate procedures to control unauthorised access to the Bio-Secure Bubble.

Sanctions: 1st offence – a fine payable by the Franchisee to BCCI of INR 1,00,00,000 (Rupees One Crore Only) 2nd offence – deduction of 1 point 3rd and subsequent offences – each a deduction of 2 points.

Breach: Unauthorised departure from the Bio-Secure Bubble of a Player, or a family member of the same, resulting in a need for the Player to re-quarantine for 7 days or such period as provided in the Health & Safety Protocols during IPL 2022.

Sanctions: A fine payable by the Franchisee to BCCI of 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.

Breach: Other breaches of the Health and Safety Protocols during IPL 2022 (e.g. non-provision of the “must-have” facilities in the hotels, training facilities & ground transportation).

Sanctions: BCCI will work with the franchisee to effect compliance. If there are further persistent breaches, the BCCI will make a Complaint to be heard under section 6 of these Operational Rules.

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