New Zealand and India will lock horns for the World Test Championship title at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from 18-22 June 2021. The ICC, in a media release, shared the details on “exemptions and biosafety measures” ahead of the mouth-watering finale. The Apex body revealed that the Indian contingent will land in England on June 3 with a negative COVID-19 report. Prior to that, the players and staff will stay in isolation in India. After their arrival, they will head to their hotel at Hampshire Bowl, the venue for the final, and will spend a period of managed isolation.
“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 on Saturday.
“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 statement also revealed that Indian players will be tested regularly during their quarantine in England and the curbs will be relaxed with each negative result. New Zealand, who are already in England, will move from ECB’s biosecure environment to World Test Championship final bubble on June 15. The Kiwis will also go through rigorous testing before their arrival in Southampton.
England and New Zealand kick off the Test series on June 2 at Lords.