The Indian team will embark on a three-month sojourn to the United Kingdom in May to participate in the ICC World Test Championship final and the Test series against England following that. The World Test Championship final will occur from the 18th to 22nd June, while the five-Test series against England kickstarts in August. As per The New Indian Express, Indian players have to serve quarantine in hotels and the BCCI will not entertain home quarantines.
Before heading to England, the Indian players have to stay in hard quarantine for a week and have to do so in hotels. It is also understood that cricketers have to assemble in Mumbai in the fourth week of May with a COVID-19 negative report. Having a COVID-19 negative report has become mandatory for the players, with the IPL also imposing the same rule before entering the hotel.
It is also worth noting that non-citizens from India cannot enter the United Kingdom due to the vicious COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The visitors are also subject to ten days of isolation after landing there. The English cricketers who flew back home after IPL 2021’s indefinite postponement are also in quarantine. The Indian team will have a long break after the WTC final in which they will engage in intra-squad practice matches for the preparation.
BCCI announces India’s 20-man squad for the WTC final and the England Test series:
Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav.