The Indian cricket team will be allowed to gradually increase activity during the period of isolation in Southampton before the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Saturday.
The Indian team will leave Mumbai on June 2 for a three-and-a-half-month tour of England, which includes the WTC final against New Zealand from June 18 to 22, as well as five tests against England in August-September.
“Before traveling, [the Indian tour] the party will spend 14 days in a biosafety environment in India, during which regular tests will be conducted. Upon landing, they will proceed directly to a hotel on site in the Hampshire Bowl, where they will be tested again before beginning a period of managed isolation, “the ICC said in a statement.
“Regular tests will be conducted during the isolation period. The activity of the players will be allowed to increase gradually after each round of negative testing, moving from an isolation exercise to a small group and then more team activity, while remains in biology – a safe place, “the statement added.
The New Zealand team, which is already in the UK before its bilateral series against England, which starts on 2 June, will move from the ECB’s biosecurity environment to the final bubble of the World Cup on 15 June and will undergo regular tests before and after arrival in Southampton, added ICC.
The ICC also announced that the WTC final would go smoothly as the UK government released the event.
“The event has already been released by the UK government, as stated in The Health Protection [Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability] [England] Regulation 2021, published on 17 May 2021 “, is added in the ICC statement.
The Indians must carry negative test reports from India on arrival in England.