The members of the Indian cricket team who have been selected for the long England tour which includes the ICC World Test Championship final and the five Test matches against the home country are set to undergo a mandatory quarantine for two weeks before leaving for the United Kingdom. It is further being learned that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked for the home addresses for players who will board the flight to England. This is because the Indian cricket board is keen on making an arrangement on the side's departure for UK and will have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests at their respective homes.
Players advised to take Covishield vaccine
The Virat Kohli-led side will take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final from June 18 in Southampton while their five-match Test series against England will commence on August 4. Prior to the tour, the players have also been advised to take the first dose of Covishield vaccine instead of Covaxin, as the former being a UK-based product will be easily available in the UK where they can take the second dose.
Family members who will travel to UK also to be tested at home
A report carried by Cricbuzz claims that not only will the players be tested at home but so will the members of their family who will travel with them. Meanwhile, the players will also undergo a two-week quarantine in Mumbai starting from May 18 or 19, with the local players being granted an exemption but they will be strictly told to not move out of their homes during this period. With players testing positive for COVID-19 inside the bio-secure bubbles in IPL 2021, the BCCI is expected to be all the more strict about the adherence to health protocols. Team India is expected to leave for England on June 2.