ICC enforces stringent rules for Team India arriving in England for WTC Finals

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New Delhi: Team India has to play in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand next month. Before this big match, Team India will leave for England on 2 June. Prior to this match, the ICC has told about the plan of the Indian team.

Team India will remain in strict quarantine

The Indian team will be in quarantine before the WTC final against New Zealand. The ICC gave its information on Saturday but did not say how many days the team will have to stay in a strict quarantine (confined to the hotel room) after reaching England. The match will be played between these two teams at the top of the WTC table in Hampshire Bowl, Southampton from 18 to 22 June.

New Zealand team has already arrived

The New Zealand team has already arrived there for the bilateral Test series against England, while the Virat Kohli-led Indian team will arrive in England on June 3 after completing a 14-day quarantine in Mumbai in India.

According to the ICC press release, ‘the program mentioned in the Health Protection (Corona Virus, International Travel and Operations Accountability) (England) Regulation 2021 issued by the UK government on 17 May 2021 has been exempted. After arriving here, the team will reach the hotel directly at the Hampshire Bowl from the airport where they will be re-examined before beginning the systematic quarantine period.

However, in the ICC release, it is not mentioned how long the team will have to stay in the strict quarantine in Southampton. For the New Zealand team, the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) has provided three days of rigorous segregation and after that the players will be allowed to practice.

Regular checkup will be done

During the quarantine, players will be regularly screened. The Indian team will leave for the UK during the 14-day quarantine in Mumbai with six negative reports of the RT-PCR probe. Some players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Washington Sundar have been allowed to use the gym facility in the hotel from May 25, after completing a week’s quarantine and coming negative in the investigation.

Late players including captain Kohli, Rohit Sharma at Mumbai hotel will have to complete the quarantine in the room before the flight to Britain. They have been provided with the contents of the gym inside the room itself. In the UK, the scope of the exemption will be gradually increased after the players get negative in the investigation. After quarantine they will be allowed to practice in small groups and then in large groups. However, the team will have to remain in the bio-bubble at all times. The New Zealand team will come from the ECB’s bio-bubble on 15 June in the bubble of the WTC finals.

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