The second phase of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) takes place in the UAE and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) leaves no stone unturned to ensure that the tournament does not experience any roadblocks after the Covid-19 situation.
The BCCI has issued a 46-page health advice that includes a new rule.
According to the new rule, the ball flying on the pitch will no longer be used in the game.
In the post-Covid world, every time a ball hits the pitch, it is disinfected by the match officials before it is handed over to the bowling side.
But because supporters would be present in the stadiums in the second phase of the IPL, the BCCI does not want to take any unnecessary risk with regard to the health of players or officials.
And as soon as a ball arrives on the stand, it is replaced by another ball and the previous one is kept in the ball library.
The 14th season of the IPL takes place between September 17 and October 15 in the United Arab Emirates.
While 13 matches are being played in Dubai, 10 and 8 matches are being staged in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi respectively.
The afternoon games start at 15:30 IST, while the evening game starts from 19:30.