Sri Lanka Cricket has established the highest standards of health measures to ensure that the LPL 2020 is conducted ensuring the safety of players, and officials taking part in the league.
The Bio-Secure Bubble in operation at the Lanka Premier League 2020 is implemented with strict and stringent health guidelines specified by the Ministry of Health.
“The bubble in place at the LPL premises is a system followed by high profile sporting leagues across the world, and also by major bilateral cricketing series played by ICC member countries,” said LPL Event Medical Director Prof. Arjuna De Silva.
According to the system in place, each participating player will have to enter the country with two negative PCR tests 72 hours apart, and then has to undergo a PCR on arrival. They will undergo a minimum of 10 PCR tests during the entirety of the tournament, whilst the officials functioning at the tournament will also undergo a series of PCR Tests.
In case a player/official is found positive, he or she will be immediately referred for treatment at a designated intermediate health care facility, pre-approved by the Ministry of Health, as has been done with the two players who tested positive. They were identified on the arrival PCR tests, thanks to the well laid-out ‘Bio-Secure Bubble’ of the LPL.
There are five Health Ministry doctors designated for each team in the bubble. In addition, there are two doctors from Sri Lanka Army to oversee the others, whilst Dr. Daminda Attanayake from the Ministry of Sports is coordinating the medical team. The security of the bubble is maintained by the Sri Lanka Army, with the inner ring maintained by the Army Commanders.
The system in place is monitored by the Regional Directors of Health Services of the Hambantota and Ratnapura Districts, and their respective teams, whilst SLC is in constant touch with the health authorities.
The safety of the players and the country is always of paramount importance for the SLC. The Ministry of Health and the LPL medical team is working hard to bring cricket back to the Sri Lankan public. SLC takes this opportunity to ask everyone to rally round and help make this tournament a reality, so that the game may go on albeit safely.