After much speculation at the start of this year, the 2021 T20 World Cup is ready to start this Sunday, Oct 17th with Oman and also the UAE being the hosts. Four venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Muscat- will host the tournament across 4 weeks.
The opening game is ready to take place between Oman and Papua New Guinea at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Ministry Turf one. Before the event gets on, the ICC has placed forth a variety of guidelines in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because it is a multi-nation tournament to take place since the pandemic started and also the event had to be bumped off of India.
“The 16-team tournament is played in the UAE and Oman, countries with a number of the very best proportion of population unsusceptible against COVID-19,” Alex Marshall, the top of integrity and safety at the ICC, was quoted saying.
Insight into the rules for T20 World Cup 2021:
- Shut close contact with another person
When any person stands 2 meters away from the other person for a minimum of fifteen minutes and forty-eight hours before symptoms/test, the 2 persons are therefore said to be in close contact. Thereafter, they’re going to have to be compelled to be isolated for 6 days.
“For casual contacts — those that are inside physical contact, however, have their faces covered — there’ll be a 24-hour period where they’re tested and accordingly released,” the publication stated.
- Hospital facilities
If an athlete wishes to go to the hospital, he should avail the obtainable medical facilities in the tournament’s bio-secure bubble. This time around, the ICC has additionally appointed a psychologist to take good care of the players’ mental well-being throughout the mega event.
- What happens just in case there’s a bio-bubble breach?
No clear guidelines have been mentioned just yet, however, Marshall mentioned that the management will take the matter “very seriously”. He additionally said that he expects the groups to go by the rules set by the apex cricket board.
- Do crowds need to be doubly vaccinated?
Marshall also said that the teams will also need to strictly follow the rules placed forth by the authorities. In Abu Dhabi and Oman, the fans have to be compelled to be doubly vaccinated. But the same isn’t the case in Dubai and Sharjah.
- Will families be allowed?
Marshall said that a “small number of families” will be allowed to stay with the cricketers. He cited the instance of the Indian Premier League to back his comments.
- Fan rules
The fans at the venues have to be compelled to wear masks compulsorily. Marshall said that the fans won’t be allowed to interact directly with the cricketers.