Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli at the team’s first virtual meet for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) warns his players to maintain a biologically safe environment and strictly stay inside the bubble for the required time. He warned his teammates that the entire tournament could be ‘spoiled’ by a single mistake. In the virtual team meeting, captain Kohli urged fellow players to follow the rules implemented by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The upcoming season of IPL 2020 will be played in the UAE from 19 September to 10 November due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the video of this meeting released by the franchisee on Twitter, Kohli said, “We are following whatever has been said to us. I would like everyone not to compromise on ensuring ‘bio bubble’. He said, “I think the entire tournament could be spoiled by a single mistake of any one of us and none of us would want that.” RCB Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hewson and head coach Simon Katich were also present at the meeting. In response to Kohli’s question, Hewson explained the consequences of violation of rules.
He said, “This (violation) will be dealt very strictly. For accidental violations, the players will be sent on segregation for seven days and then allowed to return (in the bio bubble) only after being tested negative. If the player does it on purpose, it will have serious consequences. The players will then be made sign a document that will mention the punishment. Kohli said, ‘I am waiting for the team to go to the first practice session. This is something that we will all enjoy. We have a chance to create a good team culture from day one.
The tournament will begin on 19 September and the teams have already reached UAE. The players are now compelled to follow the strict social distancing norms that include staying inside the bio bubble for seven days. RCB has also reached Dubai when Virat Kohli was trolled by the Twitterati for not flying with his team. The teammates are staying in the same hotel but are not allowed to meet one another, in person, for atleast six days.