The families of the players & support staff of both the Indian Men’s & Women’s Cricket teams will be allowed to accompany them during their long UK tour, a senior BCCI source revealed on Tuesday.
The BCCI had requested the UK government to allow families of the players & support staff to accompany them on their UK tour. Keeping in view the considerable amount of time the players would spend in a bio-bubble due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, none of the BCCI officials including President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah will be present for the WTC final against New Zealand in Southampton starting from June 18 to June 22 due to strict quarantine rules in the UK
“Yes, it’s good news that players will have their families during the tour of the UK. Ditto for the women’s team who can also have their families around. These are times when mental well-being of players is paramount,” the source told PTI.
“The BCCI understands that we need our players and support staff to be in a good headspace,” the source said. “As far as I know, the ECB didn’t grant permission to them (Ganguly and Shah). Normally, administrators go before the Test match but as per quarantine rules, since they are not playing members, they would have had to undergo hard quarantine of 10 days,” the source added.
“The team rules wouldn’t have been applicable as far as President and Secretary is concerned,” the official further added.
Indian Men’s & Women’s Cricket teams will depart for London on June 3
The Indian Men’s & Women’s Teams will depart for Southampton on June 3 for London. Indian women’s team will undergo hard quarantine in Southampton after reaching the UK along with the Men’s Cricket team at Hotel Hilton which is a part of the Hampshire Bowl property. And after completing the quarantine the women’s team is slated to travel to Bristol in Southampton.
Both Indian Men’s & Women’s teams have served a 14 days quarantine period in India And undergone six RT-PCR negative tests which will allow them to board the Charter flight to the UK on Wednesday. Both the teams will spend three days of hard quarantine in the room & then they can use the gym & start their training as well. The 24 player men’s team will play an intra-squad three-day practice game to get into the groove.