The Indian Cricket Board has allotted around Rs 10crores for over 20, 000 COVID-19 tests o be conducted during the Indian Premier League, starting in September. Although the eight franchises bore the cost of coronavirus testing in India, the BCCI will take over the testing expenditure for the RT-PCR tests which have been conducted from August 20 when the teams first arrived in UAE.
“We have engaged with VPS Healthcare, a UAE based company to conduct the tests. While I can’t put a number, it will be more than 20,000 tests which would include everyone. Each test would cost BCCI around 200 AED (Dirham) excluding taxes,” a senior IPL official told
Further, around 75 healthcare workers who are part of the company are part of the IPL testing process as well. “We couldn’t have taken the risk. A separate bio-bubble has been created by the company in a hotel. Around 50 of its health care staff are attached with the testing process while another 25 are engaged in lab and documentation work,” the official confirmed.
Around 1988 coronavirus tests have been conducted between August 20 and August 20 on all those involved with the tournament, which includes players and support staff. Also, Chennai Super Kings members were forced to extend their quarantine when 13 members of their tested positive, including two players which were seamer Deepak Chahar and a team batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad. However, as on Tuesday, all 13 members of the group, who had tested positive, have returned negative in the second tests conducted.
Meanwhile, another COVID-19 test will be conducted on September 3 on the CSK contingent have a negative result then CSK would be allowed to start their training from as early as September 4.