The all-important final of the World Test Championship (WTC) is just 3 weeks away. The crunch encounter will see India facing New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton in what will be the culmination of a two-year-long tournament that was characterized by bilateral series between all Test-playing nations.
While India topped the table to get to the clash after sublime series wins against Australia and England, New Zealand had to depend on the aforesaid results to hold on to their second spot and make it to the final. The Black Caps are currently in the UK where they will play two matches against England before the final. India on the other hand, will be arriving in England on June 3 and will be playing five Test matches against England after the WTC final.
ICC lays down bio safety protocols for World Test Championship final
Ahead of India’s travel to the United Kingdom for the summit clash, the International Cricket Council (ICC) shared the bio security protocols for the visiting team. According to it, the team will have to quarantine 14 days at home before departing for England and will have to carry negative RT-PCR reports. The Indian team will be in managed isolation upon arrival in the UK.
“As per the bio-safety protocols established for the event, in line with UK government and Public Health England requirements, the Indian Men’s team will arrive in the UK on 3 June 2021 via a charter flight and carrying evidence of a negative PCR Test,” ICC said in a media release.
“Prior to travelling, the party will have spent 14 days in a bio-secure environment in India during which regular testing will have taken place. Upon landing, they will proceed directly to the on-site hotel at the Hampshire Bowl where they will be tested again before commencing a period of managed isolation.“
The players will remain in the bio-secure bubble thereafter and their activity will be increased gradually with each negative result in rounds of regular testing. The Kiwis will be shifting into the WTC final bubble on June 15 following their Test series against the Three Lions.