New Delhi: Virat Kohli and company have started preparations for the ICC World Test Championship final after the IPL 2021 was postponed indefinitely. This match will be played between India and New Zealand (IND vs NZ) in Southampton from 18 June 2021.
‘Tour roadmap ready’
Talking to ANI, a BCCI official said that, in view of the danger of corona virus epidemic, the board has prepared the roadmap before Team India leaves for England. Significantly, India has to play a 5-match Test series against England after the World Test Championship final.
‘Entry into bio bubble on 25th May’
The BCCI official said, ‘You can expect that players will enter the bio bubble from May 25 as it will be an 8-day quarantine period, during this time not only the COVID-19 will be tested but Players have to go anywhere because these people will prepare for the England program.
10 days quarantine in England
The official further said, “When the Indian players reach England on June 2, then there will be a 10-day quarantine.” But this time, cricketers will be allowed to train because these people are entering from bubble to bubble through charter plane. During this, continuous testing will be done, but will not be allowed to go anywhere else.
‘Allowed to keep family together’
The 5th and final Test between India and England (IND vs ENG) will end in Manchester on 14 September, and by then the players must have been in England for more than 3 months. The BCCI official said that the players will then be allowed to travel with their family.
‘Not allowed to roam around’
The official said, ‘Not only during the tour, but the Kovid-19 ban means that you will not be able to go anywhere. There is a month-long gap between the Test Championship final and the first Test between Bharat and England (IND vs ENG) to be held from August 4 at Trent Bridge. In such a situation, players can travel with their family.
When will the players get vaccinated?
The second most important thing is about vaccination, but it will take some time to clear the picture of this process, the official said, “Government of India has allowed vaccination for people above 18 years of age. In such a situation, many players can take the first dose, but the problem is with the second dose. The BCCI is in touch with the England and Wales Cricket Board so that the players can be given a second dose in England. If the government there does not give permission, we will take the second dose of vaccine from India. Let’s see how this problem will be solved in the coming days.