While the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) is finalizing the process of safely sending foreign IPL players home, it has now begun work on reviewing the performance of the Indian team in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the five-Test series in England.
A squad of more than 25 players is expected to be picked up today. A women’s team will be taken to visit England. Both groups will go together, it was learned.
TOI understands that the BCCI will be trying to negotiate a two-week forced detention on arrival in England. The WTC final kicks off on June 18 in Southampton.
According to sources, the BCCI is likely to lift the closure by tight detention for one week as they aim to create a foam in India ahead of the group’s departure. A BCCI source said that the idea is that the players are isolated from India itself. The team is more likely to fly as there are travel restrictions in the UK.
There is a line of thought that players will need about eight to ten days to train and get used to England before the finals. That means the party will be out of the segregation zone by June 9. The Australian government had relaxed India’s separatist laws when it arrived in Sydney in November last year. The team was allowed to practice the ball.
Sources say the Indian players are determined to enter the barracks in India itself to avoid prolonged incarceration in the UK. The source also said that there are a lot of players who have been on the brakes for eight months now. It may pay off mentally. They are living off the bubble at the beginning of India and the BCCI can offer a bubble-bubble movement. Dubai during a visit to Australia.
The sources said that this will give them more time with their families. Also, there is a long season to come until the T20 World Cup in November. If the IPL takes place in the window between the Test series in England and the T20 World Cup, it will be a long time for the Indian players.
If the BCCI manages to convince the International Cricket Council and also the authorities in UK, then the team may also assemble during May 21-24. And if they are told and are made to go through the two-week quarantine in UK, then the players will need to get there in the third week of May.
With voters having to choose two teams on a trip to England, Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan could just get on the plane. Voters will select India and India ‘A’ teams as they will play their warm-up matches between them. Prithvi has been active in home cricket since being relegated from Australia. It will be interesting to see if the voters decide to give him something else or if it belongs to the ‘A’ team. Devdutt Padikkal has also started work and Ishan could be considered a backup wicket keeper for Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha.
The Indian players, selected to travel to the UK, are likely to take the Covishield vaccine. Players don’t have much time to get a gun for both of them in India. They said that It is recommended that they take Covishield in India because it is based on the AstraZeneca vaccine, a UK product. They can get a second shot in the UK. Finding a different vaccine here is useless.