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Certainly unique

While European football leagues have had to place stringent regulations in place for matchdays and given clubs and players guidelines on how to curb the spread of coronavirus, cricket has found solace in a model nearly-perfected by the USA's National Basketball Association: the bio-secure bubble. We look at the terms under which most teams have toured, and compare them to the protocols suggested by Sri Lanka Cricket, who suffered due to not having any venues with on-site hotels.

Protocols for Bangladesh's tour of Sri lanka

14-day isolation period, during which time players will be confined mostly to hotel rooms.

Initial training camp in Dambulla after quarantine, which would leave one week to train and conclude preparations ahead of the first Test

Expected protocols for tour of New Zealand

Mananged isolation and quarantine for 14 days at an assigned venue, with access to training facilities.Protocols for Indian Premier League

Franchises advised to use chartered planes to travel to UAE, where tournament was shifted

Teams will be based in three venues in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi with varying lengths of quarantine

The venues are bio-secure, with the hotel also having bio-secure zones that can be accessed once the quarantine period, averaging around 5-6 days, is completed or until three negative tests are returned.

Protocols for West Indies tour of England

36-member contingent, including 25 players, arrives on June 8

Two-week quarantine period upon arrival at bio-secure bubble in Manchester, with access to Old Trafford's facilities for training.

England arrived at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, another bio-secure facility, on June 23, and West Indies moved to Southampton on July 3.

First Test begins on July 8

Protocols for Pakistan's tour of England

31-member contingent, including 20 players, arrives on June 29. Nine players arrived later.

14-day quarantine period in Worcester, with access to training facilities, after which they played one practice match at New Road from July 11-12.

Visitors moved to Derbyshire's Incora County Ground afterwards, where they played two practice matches from 17-20 July and 24-27 July.

First Test begins on August 5 at Manchester

Bubble at Southampton's Ageas Bowl, the venue for the following two Tests, included an adjacent golf course

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