India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI

The Indian team players are currently enjoying their time off after the World Test Championship (WTC) final loss to New Zealand in Southampton. The team will then reassemble in London on July 14 in order to get back into the bio-bubble to prepare for the England Test series.

This preparation will happen in London and will entail practice sessions and possibly a practice game, a three-day affair against a Select County XI in late July. Before this, there has been a report that the Indian team players will be administered the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on July 7 and 9.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri taking his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: Twitter)

The Indian Cricketers Will Be Vaccinated On Wednesday And Friday: Source

The Indian team is set to play a practice game from July 20 to 22 after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) requested the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to arrange for a practice game before the first Test gets underway on August 4.

“The second dosage has been planned for the cricketers and they will be vaccinated on Wednesday and Friday,” the source said to ANI.

India Cricket Team
India Cricket Team (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Indian squad on England tour was already inoculated with the first dose of the Covishield vaccine which has been developed by AstraZeneca and Serum Institute of India in India. It is the same vaccine that is being administered in the UK and the players will be safe by receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine’s UK version.

The vaccination also becomes extremely important as three members of the England ODI squad and four support staff were found COVID positive 48 hours after playing their last ODI against Sri Lanka. This led to the ECB medical staff putting the entire team in isolation and ECB had to conjure up an entirely new squad for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan, with Ben Stokes leading.

England vs Pakistan 1st ODI 2021
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It has also been reported that the Indian team will continue their 20-day break despite this incident of England ODI squad members testing COVID positive. The Indian players are set to re-assemble in London on 14 July and proceed to Durham for a two-week training cum First-Class game against Select County XI.

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