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It was none other than Kohli’s team meeting, which meant that he urged his colleagues to strictly follow the protocol imposed by the authorities in the UAE, the venue of the upcoming edition of IPV. Given COVID-19 was in the wake of the epidemic.
Kohli said, “We have followed everything that has been told and I would expect everyone to be on the same page at all times to keep the bubble safe and ensure that nothing is compromised.”
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“… because I think the mistake of one of us could spoil the entire tournament. And none of us want to do that.”
RCB director of cricket operations Mike Hewson, who was present at the meeting with head coach Simon Katich, spoke about the consequences of the rules violation after Kohli questioned him.
“This (violation) will be dealt with very seriously. For accidental violations, players will be removed and sent into isolation for seven days and then return only after testing negative.”
Hewson said, “If the players have chosen to do so, it will have strong consequences. Violates the protocol. Players will sign a document that states the results.”
“We have to understand that we need to protect ourselves from the bubble,” Kohli said.
The Indian captain stressed the need to develop a good team culture from day one.
“I can’t wait to go to my first practice session, something we are all going to cherish. An opportunity to create a good team culture from Day 1.
“What I can do for me is to create an environment where everyone feels equally part of the team and everyone is responsible for where we want to go equally,” he said.
“And I think we all have to contribute for this. First of all the seniors in the team. So let’s start things on the right note.”
Moved out of India due to the epidemic, the 13th edition of the world’s largest T20 league will be played in the UAE from 19 September to 10 November at three venues in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
At the beginning of the meeting, a video, which the franchise shared on its Twitter handle, Kohli said, “Having a reception like this from my end is very strange but (it’s) something that we might use Will be very little.
“I think we have done very well to make Dubai safe and strong first of all.”
The players are currently undergoing mandatory six-day quarantine which is in line with the standard operating procedure issued by the BCCI.
According to the protocol, RTin-PCR tests are to be performed on everyone on days 1, 3 and 6 of quarantine, after which all players who return negative for all three trials will enter the tournament bio-bubble.
After this, they will be tested every fifth day of the tournament.
The players and support staff were tested several times before departing for the UAE.
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