ICC WTC final: India vs New Zealand to be played in front of fans- In a recent development, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed up to 10,000 fans will be permitted at outdoor sports venues in England from 17 May. This implies, that the showcase event, slated to start from June 18 could now well be played in from of spectators.
ICC WTC Final: BCCI instructs players to enter bio-bubble by May 19 in Mumbai
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has asked Virat Kohli and boys bound to England for the inaugural World Test Championship against New Zealand to enter the bio-bubble by May 19. The eight-day bubble will be set up in Mumbai, following which the Indian team will leave for Southampton for the showcase event from June 18. “We have been asked to arrive in Mumbai by May 19 and enter the bio-bubble. It’s still tentative and we will get final confirmation soon,” a player who is part of the squad told InsideSport.
According to a BCCI official, the bio-bubble is being set up in India to avoid hard quarantine in the United Kingdom.
ICC WTC Final India squad & 5 Match Test Series vs England
India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper) R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; subject to fitness clearance).
Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla
Team India’s first stop will be in Southampton where they play New Zealand to decide the first champion of the Test format. Following their 3-1 win against England at home, India finished as the No. 1 side with 72.2 percentage points and booked their place in the final.
ICC WTC final: India vs New Zealand to be played in front of fans