The BCCI has indulged itself in the preparations for the ICC World Test Championship final in England next month. India and New Zealand will lock horns in the inaugural final of the tournament in Southampton on the 18th of June. As far as the quarantine rules and COVID-19 tests go, the BCCI has announced the protocols for the same.
Approximately two weeks ago, the BCCI announced a 20-man squad for the ICC World Test Championship final and the subsequent five-match Test series against England. But of those, Wriddhiman Saha tested positive after recovering from COVID-19 once. Reserve bowler Prasidh Krishna also tested positive for the same and has to return negative three times before departing for England. The board has warned that if any cricketer tests positive just before departure, the BCCI shall cancel the entire visit.
The BCCI remarked that players have to assemble in Mumbai on the 19th of May after undergoing three RT-PCR tests at their homes and returning negative tests. All the members have to serve a 14-day quarantine as well before leaving for the United Kingdom on the 2nd of June.
“The players will be undergoing three RT-PCR tests at their homes and once they return negative tests, they will be assembling in Mumbai on May 19. Everyone in the contingent will be undergoing 14-day quarantine in India before they leave for the UK on June 2,” the source said as quoted by ANI.
BCCI looking for players’ second dose of vaccination in the United Kingdom:
BCCI also claimed that the Indian government has opened vaccination for citizens who are 18 and above, with plenty of players having taken the jab as well. They are working closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board to ensure players get their second dose in UK, provided the approval. Otherwise, they have to get it done from India itself.
“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 and while the BCCI is looking at working closely with 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,” it added further.