Indian cricketers will complete an eight-day quarantine period in Mumbai before departing on June 2 for a marathon tour of the UK, where they will play six test matches, including the World Test Championship final against the New Zealand.
BCCI is still in negotiations regarding the duration of 10 days of soft quarantine (authorized training) for players after reaching the UK where they will be based for three and a half months.
“The Indian team will have eight days of strict quarantine (confined to hotel rooms) in India with mandatory negative RT-PCR reports on the second, fourth and seventh days required to board the flight,” a senior official said on Saturday from BCCI to PTI.
“Since we have a bubble-to-bubble transfer, we have to see if the duration of the 10-day quarantine can be reduced a bit. However, players in soft quarantine can go to practice. In any case, the Hilton hotel, where the teams will be staying in Southampton, is part of the Ageas Bowl property, ”the source added.
In the event that it is a 10-day quarantine, Indians will be allowed to move around the city from June 13 while the WTC final against New Zealand kicks off on June 18.
We also learn that by looking at the duration of the tour, the families of the players will accompany them.
However, it is still unclear whether the WAGS and the kids will join early in the tour or after the WTC Finals when there is a significant gap of more than a month before the start of the series. tests on August 4.
Prasidh Krishna and vaccination
The BCCI is also confident that all players will receive their first dose of the vaccine before embarking on their trip to the UK. However, it will be difficult for Prasidh Krishna, who tested positive after coming into contact with Varun Chakravarthy, to get the vaccine before leaving for the UK.
“You have a gap between when you test for COVID-19 and when you get your vaccination. So even if Prasidh tests negative on May 18 or 20, it will take an interval of four weeks before it receives its first dose, ”the source said.
If all Indian players get the Covishield vaccine in India, it will be easier to get the second injections in the UK as it is the Oxford vaccine.
Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah to be in UK for WTC final
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah are expected to be in Southampton for the WTC final.
“The president and secretary are expected to be present at the World Test Championship final now,” the source added.
They would be expected to have discussions with ECB leaders regarding the option of hosting the remaining 31 IPL games in the UK outside of various ICC policy decisions.