The much-awaited cricket tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to take place in the UAE. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to stage the money-spinning league outside of India due to the spike in coronavirus cases in the country. All the IPL teams have arrived in UAE and are currently quarantining ahead of the tournament.
On Monday, Virat Kohli had his first virtual meet with Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates and gave them all a strict warning. The RCB skipper warned that one mistake could ‘spoil’ the entire tournament, while interacting with his teammates he said that they must do all they can keep the bio-bubble secure.
Virat Kohli urged his team to follow the guidelines issued by the authorities in the UAE, to help the tournament go ahead smoothly.
Guiding his teammates, the 31-year old world-class batsman said that till now all of them have followed what has been told to them and he would expect everyone to be on the same page in terms of securing the bio-bubble and make sure that nothing is compromised.
Clarifying himself, Virat said, “Because I think one mistake by anyone of us could literally spoil the whole tournament. And none of us want to do that.”
RCB’s director of cricket operations Mike Hesson, and head coach Simon Katich who was also present during the virtual meet also spoke about the consequences of violating the rules.
If any player is found violating the rules, he will be removed from the team and sent into 7-day isolation and they can only come back into the team after he tests negative for COVID-19. Apparently, each player will be made to sign a document that explains the consequences if there’s any breach.
The 13th season of IPL that was previously scheduled to begin on March 29, is now slated to begin on September 19 and will go on till November 10.