As BCCI finalises the IPL Auction list, the full availability of England and Australian players is still uncertain
Even though the BCCI has released the final list of players who will go under the hammer on February 12 and 13 in Bangalore, the availability of the foreign players for IPL 2022 is still not known. There are 220 players from 14 countries who have agreed to be available for the 15th edition of the IPL, to be held between March-end and May-end, but the exact duration of their participation is still not known.
England players could be pulled back in the last week of May, raising question marks on their availability for the play-offs. The presence of some of the key Australians could also be limited if they are picked to tour Pakistan, especially for four white-ball games beginning March 29 and ending April 5.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has asked the franchises to confirm the names of those who will be present for the auction by Friday (February 4) with a rider that only 10 members can be present at the auction and a maximum of only eight at the auction table. It has, however, waived off the rules of quarantine, for those turning up in Bangalore unless they are from overseas.
Two negative reports of RT-PCR tests, done in the 72 hours prior to February 12 noon, should be enough to take part in the auction if one has not traveled overseas in recent times. However, overseas participants, like coaches and mentors, can participate in the auction only if they had landed in India at least seven days before the auction and have undergone seven-day quarantine.
Below are the Bio-Safety Protocols shared with the franchises:
1. All participants attending the auction will have to undergo 2 tests 72 hours before 12 pm (noon) on 11th February 2022. These tests are to be preferably done between 8 am to 10 am on 9th February and 10th February, respectively. The report of the tests must be shared with the medical team.
2. All participants who have returned to India from overseas in the last 15 days, will have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine and after that, they must undergo the COVID RTPCR test on Day 8 and Day 9 and return with 2 negative reports to be eligible to attend the auction.
3. All participants attending the auction must check-in to the designated hotel on or before 12 pm (noon) on 11th February 2022. There will be an RT-PCR test on arrival in the hotel. Participants will need to quarantine in their rooms until the results are received. Testing at the hotel will be conducted by BCCI accredited medical agency.
4. Participants arriving earlier than 11th February will have to get the test done as per Points 1 and 2 above and they will be tested on 11th February before 12 pm by the BCCI medical agency.
5. On the 12th February and 13th February testing will be organized from 12:00 am to 7:00 am, so that the reports can be obtained before the start of the auction. Once the test is done on 12th and 13th February, the participants will have to be in their rooms till the results are received.
6. During the auction, it is mandatory for all individuals in the auditorium to wear a mask (preferably N95) always covering their nose and mouth.
7. Details of all participants attending the auction along with their COVID vaccination Certificate/type of vaccine/booster dose (if received any)/history of COVID infection should be shared with BCCI medical team.
8. Only the participants who have fulfilled all the testing and quarantine criteria as mentioned will be eligible to participate in the auction proceedings from 11th February onwards.