The Virat Kohli-led Team India will begin its preparations for the grueling three-month-long tour of England with the eight-day bio-bubble beginning at home from May 25.
Post the eight-day quarantine, Team India will land in the UK on June 02, post which they will undergo a ten-day quarantine.
While the players will not be allowed to move anywhere during the eight-day bio-bubble stay in India, they will be allowed to allow to train during the ten-day isolation once they enter the UK, a BCCI official confirmed to ANI.
“You can expect the boys to come into the bubble on May 25, as it will be an 8-day quarantine period which will not involve just testing against COVID-19, but also there will not be any movement as the boys prepare for the UK schedule. Once in the UK on June 2, the boys will go for another 10-day quarantine. But this time the cricketers can train, as they’ll be moving in a charter plane from a bubble in India to a bubble in England. A bubble-to-bubble move lets them train even though there will be continuous testing at all times and no further movement,” the official explained as quoted by ANI.
Team India will lock horns with New Zealand in the ICC WTC final between June 18-22 in Southampton before they take on England in a five-match Test series, starting August 04.
With it being a three-month-long tour, the BCCI official confirmed that the players will be allowed to travel with their families.
“Not just the duration of the tour, the COVID-19 restrictions also mean you cannot move around the place. There will be more than a month’s gap between the Test Championship Final and the opening Test against England at Trent Bridge from August 4. The players will have their families traveling with them,” the BCCI official confirmed.
With the Indian government kickstarting vaccination for 18+, the BCCI is also mulling over getting Indian players getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
“The Indian government has opened vaccination for every person above 18, so the players can take their first dose. But the second dose is the question here. The BCCI is looking at working closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board to ensure players can get a second dose in the UK. If that is not approved by the UK government, we will have the vaccine taken from India for the second dose. Let’s see how that works out in the coming days,” the official stated.