The Indian team will stay in “managed isolation” before the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, the ICC announced on Saturday but did not mention the exact period of hard quarantine upon reaching the UK.
The world’s top two Test teams India and New Zealand will fight it out at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from June 18-22. While New Zealand is already in England for a bilateral Test series against the hosts, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team will arrive in the UK on June 3 after completing a 14-day quarantine period in India. Regular Covid-19 tests will be conducted during the period of isolation.
The Indian Team Will Enter England After Completing 14 Day In A Bio Bubble In Mumbai With 6 RT-PCR Negative Tests
The Indian team will enter the UK after completing 14-day in a bio-bubble in Mumbai with six RT-PCR negative tests. Some of the players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Washington Sundar are now allowed to use the hotel gymnasium from May 25 after a week-long room quarantine and three negative tests.
However, a few like skipper Virat Kohli and his white-ball deputy Rohit Sharma, all of whom joined late will have a complete room quarantine before boarding the UK flight. They have been provided with gym types of equipment inside their rooms.
In the UK, players’ activity will be allowed in a gradually increasing manner after each round of negative testing, moving from exercise in isolation to small group and then larger squad activity, whilst always remaining within the bio-secure venue.
The New Zealand Team Will Move From ECB Bio-Bubble Into WTC Final Bubble On 15th June
The New Zealand team will move from the ECB bio-secure environment into the World Test Championship Final bubble on June 15 and will be subject to regular testing prior to and post-arrival in Southampton.
“The event has now been granted an exemption by the UK government as outlined in The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021, released on 17 May 2021,” the ICC said in a release.
“….Upon landing, they will proceed directly to the on-site hotel at the Hampshire Bowl where they will be tested again before commencing a period of managed isolation,” said the ICC release.
However, the ICC release doesn’t specify the duration of hard (room) quarantine in Southampton. For the New Zealand team, ECB made it a three-day mandatory room quarantine before allowing the players to train.
The Indian team under Virat Kohli was beaten 2-0 by New Zealand when the last time the two sides met in New Zealand and the Indians will be eager to give one back in this prestigious match. India has played New Zealand 59 times in Test cricket. India holds the edge with 21 Tests while the Kiwis have won 12 Tests. There have been 26 matches that ended in a draw.