After lengthy deliberation with the UK government, the Indian Cricket Control Board (BCCI) finally managed to get the go-ahead for the three-month tour of India through England.
Negotiations have taken place since the UK government put India on the red list, vis-à-vis BCCI, as its team will play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in June. Recent reports suggest that after official approval from the host nation government, the Indian team will set foot in the UK on June 3 and undergo rigorous quarantine measures at Southampton hotels.
Before leaving for the UK, Indian cricketers will need to meet up by May 19 and enter the biobubbles arranged for them from May 24. The Indian team will enter the biobubble in Mumbai on May 24. The entire contingent will then travel to England on June 3. Wriddhiman Saha He is also expected to join the team after fully recovering from the covid.
BCCI It is also in discussions with the UK government regarding some additional allocations, which in particular comprise the inclusion of the families of the cricketers who would accompany them to England. The relaxation of the rules is limited to players and support staff only and does not mention families. However, even though there is no indication of approval for this additional favor, family members are expected to join the team at the biobubble with plans to travel with them.
Testing will be conducted door-to-door for the team, including staff and family members, in order to maintain the integrity of the bubble. The tests will be done on a recurring basis to ensure that no one is infected. In the event that a player tests COVID-19 positive, they are unlikely to travel to the UK and miss the tour.