Mumbai: The 20-member Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli will leave Mumbai for England in the first week of next month (June).
The Indian team, which will first meet New Zealand in the World Test Championship from June 18 to 22, will then take part in a five-match Test series against England. The first Test between India and England begins in Nottingham on August 4.
The Indian Cricket Board official had initially said that the Indian team would be isolated for 18 days on the eve of their visit to England. At this stage, the number of days of isolation has been increased to 24. According to the Indian cricket board’s plan, Indian players will begin isolation at a hotel in Mumbai today.
At the same time, captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Rahane, senior batsman Rohit Sharma and head coach Ravi Shastri, who live in Mumbai, have been given concessions. They will join the Corona barrier safety net at the hotel only on the 24th.
But for the previous 5 days, they have been ordered to actively follow isolation at home. Indian cricketers are also isolated in Mumbai as they are also to play in England.
The family is also allowed to be with the players. Senior Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who has recovered from corona damage, is also expected to arrive in Mumbai in a few days.
After completing the 2-week quarantine procedure at a Mumbai hotel, the Indian soldiers leave for England in a private plane. Once there, they are isolated for 10 days at Southampton, where the World Test Championship final will take place. There, training will be permitted at the ground with restrictions during isolation.
It may be noted that three corona tests were conducted on Indian players and players before England raised the issue earlier and it was necessary to come to a negative result.