In a shot in the arm for the India men’s and women’s squads that are due to tour England, the Indian team will soon be heading to the UK to play the maiden World Test Championship Final(WTC) and test series against the hosts. The families of players and coaching and support staff have been cleared by the UK government to accompany them on tour.
The families of both men’s and women’s squads will be allowed to travel with the teams. The men’s team will be on tour for close to four months, playing the WTC against New Zealand before embarking on five Tests against England. The women are due to play one Test followed by three ODIs and three T20Is.
The families will be on board the charter flight that will fly both the men’s and women’s squads, which will land on June 3 in London. From there, both squads will move to Southampton, where they will serve the required quarantine period, the duration for which is yet to be confirmed.
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Due to the pandemic, the England tour is been conducted with many restrictions and mandatory protocols. On May 29, the ICC had announced that the WTC final had been given an exemption from standard Covid-19 protocols by the UK government, subject to the teams adhering to all guidelines put in place. Those who are given clearance, including British citizens, have to serve a mandatory 10-day quarantine period at a paid facility appointed by the UK government.
In a media release on the 29 May ICC said that – “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.”
Prior to traveling, the teams will spend 14 days in a bio-secure environment in India during which regular testing will take 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.
Regular tests will be conducted during the period of isolation. The Player’s activity will be allowed gradually after each round of negative testing, moving from exercise in isolation to small group and then larger squad activity, whilst always remaining within the bio-secure venue. It is learned that the women team will move to Bristol, the venue of their one-off Test against England. The men’s team, too, is expected to start training at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton in a controlled manner post-quarantine.
Currently, both the teams are in Mumbai in the same hotel, where part of the contingent has been in quarantine for two weeks. The other part, residents of Mumbai, joined last week and are currently isolating themselves in their rooms before they join the team. The Indian side will be flying today for a four-month-long tour to England.