The Indian men’s team and their female counterparts are scheduled to undergo two weeks of quarantine in Mumbai today before they leave for the UK. However, there is still uncertainty over the quarantine rules in England and the BCCI is working it out with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
According to reports, BCCI has requested the ECB to relax the quarantine norms for the two squads. It is learnt that players will have to isolate themselves in the rooms and will be given restricted spaces to train.
“There may be a hard quarantine for a few days and then the players could be allowed to train. In Australia last November, the players were in hard quarantine for three days and then they were allowed to train. But the players could not move out of their hotel rooms after practice. Something similar is being mooted this time too,” a BCCI official told TOI.
In another development, it is reported that BCCI has arranged charter flights and COVID-19 tests for both men and women cricketers. Yesterday, few reports suggested that BCCI have arranged flights for the male cricketers while have asked the female players to reach Mumbai on their own. Later, Indian skipper Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur took to Twitter to clarify that BCCI has arranged the flights for them too.
“The players who want to avail the charter flights will have to reach their nearest airports by car. Players from small towns have requested the board that they will be happy to travel to Mumbai on commercial flights if they are given business class tickets,” the official further added.
Every player will have to return negative results before entering the Mumbai bubble. The cricketers who live in Mumbai will enter the bubble on May 24. Both men’s and women’s teams are expected to depart for England together on June 2.
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