Virat Kohli warned his Bangalore teammates of the Royal Challengers that . They would not be able to breach the IPL bio-bubble because it could ruin the tournament .
One mistake could “spoil” the entire tournament, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli . He told his colleagues at the RCB’s first virtual team meeting on Monday . While imploring them to do whatever they could to keep the bio-bubble free . It was a team meeting like no other . But Kohli meant business straight away as he urged his colleagues to follow strictly . The protocols developed by the UAE authorities . The venue for the upcoming IPL edition, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have followed what has been told to us and I would expect us to be on the same page at all times to protect the bubble and make sure nothing is breached, “Kohli said .
Because I think all of us might literally ruin the entire tournament with one mistake . So we don’t want to do that.’
RCB ‘s cricket operations director Mike Hesson, who attended the meeting along with head coach Simon Katich . He spoke about the repercussions of breaking the rules.
“We will deal with it (violation) very seriously . Players removed and sent in isolation for seven days for accidental violation . And then return only after negative tests, “Hesson said.
“When players want to do that (violate protocols), there will be strong consequences. Players must sign a contract which outlines the consequences.”
Kohli said, “We need to realize we have to secure the bubble.”
From the first day, the RCB captain highlighted the need to build a strong team culture.”I can’t wait to enter our first practice session, something that we can all enjoy. An opportunity to build a strong Day 1 team culture,” Kohli said.
“For me it’s all about what I can do to create an environment . Where everyone feels a part of the team equally . And where we want to go equally, everyone feels responsible.
“And I think we all have to contribute to that . Firstly, the seniors in the team . So let’s things started on the right note .”
Moved out of India due to the pandemic . The 13th edition of the IPL is going to played from September 19 to November 10 . At the three venues in Dubai , Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, the UAE.
The players are currently in a mandatory six-day quarantine that is consistent with the BCCI approved standard operating procedure.
According to the protocols all players will be checked on days one . Three and six of the quarantine and players returning negative in all three tests . They will be eligible to join the bio-bubble tournament.
They will subsequently be checked every fifth day of the tournament . Before departure for the UAE, the players and support staff were checked several times .