The BCCI has published new standards for state teams as domestic cricket returns to the country after a more than year-long hiatus due to Covid. The teams must keep their squads to a maximum of thirty people (20 players and 10 support staff). They are also advised to avoid taking public transportation and to consult a doctor.

The BCCI advised that “each team is urged to have a team physician to treat COVID related issues,” and that “use of public transportation viz. sharing rides (Uber, Ola, etc.), trains, local bus network, etc. are strictly prohibited throughout the competition.”

The BCCI also stated that the starting XI will be entitled to 100% match money, while the reserves will be entitled to 50%. The domestic season starts in late December and lasts until April. If a Team India cricketer is delegated by the BCCI to play domestic cricket, he or she will be entitled for match fees in excess of the 20 players based on their status in the playing XI and non-playing XI.

Teams will be quarantined for six days when they arrive in a city before being allowed to enter the bio-bubble. “After arriving at the hotel, all players and support staff must quarantine in their own hotel rooms for six days. All players and team support staff who will be included in the Bio-Secure environment will be subjected to the COVID-19 RT-PCR testing plan outlined below upon arrival and before beginning any training activities. For testing, a nasopharyngeal swab will be taken. Test results are available 12-24 hours following sample collection,” according to the advice.

“If you test positive for COVID-19, you must be isolated for 10 days and seek medical guidance from your local health department. During their 10-day isolation period, the individual must repeat the RT-PCR tests on Days 9 and 10 from the initial RT-PCR test, at least 24 hours apart. Individuals may be allowed to join their team if they have been free of COVID-19-related symptoms for more than 24 hours, have not taken any drugs in the past 24 hours, and both test results are negative.”, the advice continued.