Virat Kohli-led Indian team will get some sort of relief from the restricted bio-bubble life. As team India will get a 20 days break from the bio-bubble life after the conclusion of the WTC final. The Indian team players will leave the bio-bubble on June 24 & will return back to the bubble for the five-match test series against England around July 14.
Speaking to the ANI, the sources who are aware of the developments in the team management said it will be a much-needed break. As the team has to not only spend time in the bio-bubble for the Test series against England but will also have to head straightaway to the IPL bubble in the UAE after the conclusion of the Test Series.
“The group will head off for the break on June 24 after the final against New Zealand & then will regroup again around July 14 to prepare for the test series against England which will start from August 4”, the source said.
When asked that during the break period will cricketers could head to any place which has fewer COVID-19 cases. The source replied, that the players will have to be in the UK so that there are no issues in regrouping after the end of the break period.
“See it’s quite simple. The boys need to switch off & relax, but we cannot ignore that COVID-19 is still not gone completely. So, the travel plans have to be made in such a way that the boys & the families that are currently in the UK don’t get stuck somewhere while taking the break. Imagine you are going to some other country & then that place gets a travel ban due to a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases. You don’t want that your players or their families get struck. So we are looking at places in the UK”, the source explained.
Living in the bio-bubble is not at all easy & Kohli also spoke about this before the team left for England. Kohli said that, once the WTC final is over then the team has enough time to take a break from the bubble, relax & refresh themselves ahead of the five-match test series against England. It’s important for the team to take a break, disconnect themselves & understand that as a team we have the pressure of playing a five-match test series against England.
Currently, the Indian contingent in Southampton has completed their three days hard quarantine period & has started training within the bio-bubble. The Player’s activity will be increased gradually after each round of negative testing, starting from exercise in isolation to small group & then followed by larger squad activity while remaining within the bio-secure environment. New Zealand’s team is playing two-match test series against England, with the first match ended in a draw. After the completion of the bilateral test series, the Black Caps squad will move from the ECB bio-bubble into the WTC final bubble on June 15.
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