The training for Team India’s upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand in the United Kingdom, which begins on June 18, will begin on May 25 when they join the bio-bubble built for them here in India. After the eight-day quarantine, the team will travel to the United Kingdom for a 10-day quarantine before facing New Zealand in Southampton. According to ANI, a BCCI official familiar with the WTC final and the five-match Test series against England said that the quarantine time will be split into two sections so that players can begin training once they arrive in the UK on June 2.
“You should expect the boys to enter the bubble on May 25,” the official said, adding that there will be an eight-day quarantine time during which they will not only be tested for COVID-19 but also will not be able to travel while they brace for the UK schedule.
“The boys will be subjected to another 10-day quarantine until they arrive in the United Kingdom on June 2. However, the cricketers will be able to practise this time because they will be flying from India to England in a charter aircraft. Even if there will be constant checking and no further travel, a bubble to bubble switch allows them to practise “the official clarified
Given that the team’s fifth Test against England concludes on September 14 — the final day of the fifth Test — in Manchester, Team India will have been in the UK for more than three months, and the players will be able to return with their families, according to the official.
“The COVID-19 constraints mean you can’t travel around the area for the remainder of the walk. Before the Test Championship final and the first Test against England at Trent Bridge on August 4, there will be more than a month. The players’ families will accompany them on their journey “According to the official,
Another significant area of focus is the vaccine process, which would need some time before a precise image can be drawn, according to the official.
“The Indian government has made vaccine available to everyone above the age of 18 so that the players can get their first dose,” the official said.
“However, the second dose is the issue here, and while the BCCI is working closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board to ensure that players will get a second dose in the UK, if that is not authorised by the UK government, the vaccine would be imported from India for the second dose. Let’s see how it goes for the next few days.”
The BCCI announced a 20-member roster (two of which are subject to fitness clearance) on Friday, as well as four standby players.
Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, and Arzan Nagwaswalla are three of the four standby players.
When asked about their position, the official said the standby players will double as net bowlers because the main squad already has six fast bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Umesh Yadav.
“If you’re unlucky enough to have several injuries, six fast bowlers in the main squad can suffice. As a result, these three will double as net bowlers when preparing to be drafted into the main squad if necessary “According to the official,