According to reports, in what will be a first, the Indian men’s cricket team as well as the women’s team will fly together for a tour in the same charter flight. Both teams are set to have a long season in England. While the men’s team will start with the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand, the women’s team will start with a one-off Test match that is scheduled in mid June.
The men’s team will then have a five-match series in August against England. They will stay in the country throughout July after the WTC final on the 18th of June. The women’s team will have 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is after their one-off Test. While the women’s tour ends on the 15th of July, the men’s tour will end only in September, meaning that they will then have to start preparing for the ICC T20 World Cup soon after, provided the Indian Premier League (IPL) does not take place.
Men’s and women’s cricket teams to travel together
According to a report in InsideSport, both the Indian men’s team and the women’s side will fly together to England in the same charter flight. “We have been asked to gather on May 19. After the hard quarantine, we will fly to England in June,” a member of the women’s team reportedly said.
So both the men and women have been called to arrive in Mumbai on the 19th of May to quarantine before leaving for England. Further, reportedly players who live in Mumbai such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have been given an exemption period of one week to arrive at the hotel for quarantine. This is provided that they strictly stay in isolation at home for one week.
All players have also been advised to take the Covishield vaccine and a majority of the players have already taken the first shot. The second shot will be administered in the UK.