The Indian cricket team is all set and ready for the UK tour where they will be facing New Zealand for the World Test Championship final in Southampton from June 18th to June 22nd followed by a five match test series against England from 4th August to 14th September.
According to sources, a BCCI official stating the plan for the WTC final and the five-match Test series against England said that the quarantine time will be split into two sections so that players can begin training once they arrive in the UK on June 2.
The Indian team’s preparation for the forthcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand in the United Kingdom, which begins on June 18, will begin on May 25 when they join the bio-bubble built specifically for them here in India. The eight-day quarantine will be followed by a ten-day quarantine in the UK before the team face New Zealand in Southampton.
“You can expect the boys to come into the bubble on May 25 as it will be an 8-day quarantine period which will not just involve testing against COVID-19, but also there will not be any movement as the boys prepare for the UK schedule.”Once in UK on June 2, the boys will go for another 10-day quarantine. But this time the cricketers can train as they are moving from the bubble in India to the bubble in England in a charter plane. A bubble to bubble move lets them train even though there will be continuous testing at all times and no further movement,” said a BCCI official to ANI.
Families of players eligible for travel: BCCI
Given that the fifth Test against England ends on September 14, the team will be in the UK for more than three months, and the players will be eligible to travel with their families.
“Not just the duration of the tour, the COVID-19 restrictions also mean you cannot move around the place. There will be more than a month`s gap between the Test Championship final and the opening Test against England in Trent Bridge from August 4. The players will have their families travelling with them,” added the BCCI official.
The BCCI official also shed lights on the vaccination process to be undertaken for the players and the staff and stated that they need more time to get a clear idea on that and they would connect with the government of India as well as UK for the same.
“The Indian government has opened vaccination for every person above 18 so the players can take their first dose. But the second dose is the question here and while the BCCI is looking at working closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to ensure players can get a second dose in the UK if that is not approved by the UK government, we will have the vaccine taken from India for the second dose. Let’s see how that works out in the coming days,” stated the BCCI official.
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