Team India is gearing up for an enthralling tour to England where they will take part in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand before clashing with the hosts, England in a five-match Test series. Due to the ongoing pandemic, multiple travel restrictions have been imposed in the UK. The country recently red-listed India and banned travellers from the Asian nation to the UK. This created a lot of confusion and many started wondering if the Indian players will be exempted from the travel ban or not.
However, in a recent development, a BCCI official has revealed team India's travel plans. He stated that the Indian players will go into an 8-day bubble in India from May 25 before going into another 10-day quarantine upon reaching England on June 2nd.
“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 involve just testing against COVID-19, but also there will not be any movement as the boys prepare for the UK schedule. Once in the UK on June 2, the boys will go for another 10-day quarantine. But this time the cricketers can train, as they'll be moving in a charter plane from a bubble in India to a bubble in England. A bubble-to-bubble move lets them train even though there will be continuous testing at all times and no further movement,” the official explained.
The official further informed that since it’s a long tour, the players will be allowed 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 at Trent Bridge from August 4. The players will have their families travelling with them,” the BCCI official confirmed.
The Indian government has recently opened vaccination for all people above the age of 18 and the BCCI is keen to get their players vaccinated as soon as possible. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan recently got his first shot of the vaccine.
“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. The BCCI is looking at working closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board 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,” the official stated.
The final of the World Test Championship will be played from 18-22 June and the Test series will begin on August 4.
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