The second wave of the Coronavirus has wreaked havoc in India. The country is reporting more than 2.5 lakh COVID-19 cases on daily basis. As a precautionary measure, the UK has red-listed India which means that they’ve banned all the arrivals from India to UK, leaving India’s participation in the World Test Championship in Jeopardy.
As soon as the UK Health Minister Matt Hancock made the announcement of red-listing India, ICC came into action and got in touch with the UK government officials regarding the fate of the WTC final between India and New Zealand.
An ICC spokesperson informed Cricbuzz that they are confident of the WTC final going ahead as planned.
“We are currently discussing with the UK Government the impact of countries being on the ‘red list’. The ECB and other Members have demonstrated how we can stage international cricket safely in the middle of a pandemic and we are confident that we can continue to do that and that the World Test Championship Final will go ahead as planned in June in the UK,” an ICC spokesman told Cricbuzz.
The final of the WTC will be played from 18 June but the Indian team is set to leave for UK immediately after the summit clash of IPL on May 30.
The report in Cricbuzz further states that the Indian team might have to undergo quarantine before flying to London. However, it’s still uncertain that the players who are already in the bio-bubble will have to again isolate themselves or not. Last year as well, despite being in the secure bubble for over two months due to the 13th edition of the IPL, the Indian team had to undergo two weeks of quarantine in Australia.
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