England will only have three days to train before the first test in India from February 5 due to a six-day quarantine requirement for visitors, who will land in the country after completing their tour in Sri Lanka.
‘The Telegraph’ reported the England squad will fly to Chennai on Wednesday for the first two tests of the four-game series and undergo a strict quarantine on arrival.
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns, who were not part of the Sri Lanka series, arrived in India on Sunday evening and will have five days to train after being quarantined at the hotel.
All players will be tested for COVID-19 three times over six days.
England players were allowed to train in Sri Lanka 48 hours after arriving, with only Moeen Ali returning a positive test on arrival.
It will be the first international series to be held in India amid the pandemic.
The smooth running of the series is important for BCCI who aims to have the IPL also at home after hosting the 2020 edition in the UAE.
The last two tests will be played in Ahmedabad from February 24.
The series, to be played in a bio-bubble, is also crucial as part of the test world championship.
India leads the points table after their memorable series victory in Australia.