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India cricket teams enter quarantine ahead of UK tour

Men’s and women’s members of the Indian cricket teams have entered mandatory quarantine. The teams are set for a cricket tour of the United Kingdom and are now quarantined in Mumbai before departing the country. The Board of Control organised three charter flights for Cricket in India (BCCI) to collect members of both teams. Many of the players came from Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai, three major metro cities in India.

Players not already located in one of those three cities were advised to take a private car to one of the destinations to catch a flight to Mumbai. Before travelling to Mumbai, each player had to show a negative RT-PCR test. The UK tour will see big-time test cricket once more, with India at the centre of it. Fans can enjoy online betting in India to read the latest bookie reviews before opening an account.

Players must meet a few criteria before being allowed to tour the UK in June. Each player must have had six RT-PCR negative results. The BCCI works with an agency to look after testing for both the men’s and women’s teams. The teams undergo a “hard” quarantine period of eight days before beginning a “marathon tour” of the UK.

Top international players Wriddhiman Saha and Prasidh Krishna contracted COVID-19 during the Indian Premier League tournament and have been in isolation. Although Saha and Krishna have recovered, the BCCI has kept Andhra stumper KS. Bharat in the squad. It is believed his retention is due to Saha potentially not being fully fit following COVID-19.

The Indian team will leave for the UK on June 2nd. Once arriving in London, the men’s team will travel to Southampton to undergo another quarantine period. It is claimed that the quarantine period in Southampton will be a 10-day “soft” isolation. The BCCI would like the teams to be able to train during this time. The various boards are currently discussing how the “soft” quarantine will go.

The Aegeas Bowl Southampton
The Rose Bowl, Southampton Venue where the final of WTC will take place

Once India’s “soft” quarantine in Southampton is finished, the team will embark on a tour that will see them play a number of games in the UK. As per schedule, India will play six test matches. One of the matches the team will compete in is the World Test Championship final versus New Zealand – a marquee matchup in world cricket.

Players and staff will be based in the UK for an incredible three and a half months. The World Test Championship will be played on June 18th, just five days after the Indian cricket team’s players are allowed out of quarantine.

The BCCI hopes that the families of players and staff will be allowed to join the team in the UK. Discussions are ongoing between the England and Wales Cricket Board and the UK government over whether family members can accompany their loved ones on tour. Due to the length of the tour, BCCI has already given its permission for family members to join in. However, the final approval will come down to the UK government.

India is currently on a red-list of countries to travel to and from the UK. Although numbers for positive cases and deaths in the UK are down, there is fear over the new COVID-19 variant increasing in greater numbers in the UK.

The men’s cricket team will begin its tour on June 18th against New Zealand in the World Test Championship Final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. It will finish on June 22nd.

The complete Schedule – Team India in England 2021

June 18-22 World Test Championship final: India vs New Zealand, Rose Bowl, Southampton

August 4th-8th: 1st England vs India Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

August 12th-16th: 2nd England vs India Test, Lord’s, London

August 25th-29th: 3rd England vs India Test, Headingly, Leeds

September 2nd-6th: 4th England vs India Test, Kennington Oval, London

September 10th-14th: 5th England vs India, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

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