India Tour of England – Families Given Clearance: The Indian squad due to travel to London on Wednesday can now be accompanied by their families. The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) & England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managed clearances for the families from the UK Government on Monday. This means, when tomorrow, Virat Kohli & Mithali Raj’s team board charter flight, their families can also travel with them and same set of quarantine norms will apply to them as it is for all the squad members.
Currently both squads are in Mumbai in the same hotel, where part of the contingent has been in quarantine for two weeks & some had week later. Even the families of the various squad members are currently quarantining with them and are part of the Bio-Bubble.
Team will travel to London on June 2nd and will proceed to Southampton the same day. They will be reportedly in 3 days hard quarantine before being allowed to train. The women squad will move to Bristol while the men’s squad will stay put at the same facility for the World Test Championship finals against New Zealand beginning on June 18th.
“As per the bio-safety protocols established for the event, in line with UK government and Public Health England requirements, the Indian Men’s team will arrive in the UK on 3 June 2021 via a charter flight and carrying evidence of a negative PCR Test,” the ICC said in a media release on May 29. “
India tour of England: Virat Kohli & Co sweat it out in gym session ahead of UK tour
ICC WTC Final: Virat Kohli & Co sweat it out in gym session ahead of UK tour- The BCCI on Monday also shared a clip on social media in which India skipper Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane, R Jadeja among others can be seen sweating it out in a training session.
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Team India players are ensuring they leave no stones unturned even during their quarantine to prepare for the World Test Championship and keep themselves fit the ICC WTC Final. Numerous players, including Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, R Jadeja and others have shared their quarantine dairies on social media.
In the clip shared by the BCCI, Soham Desai- Team India Strength & Conditioning coach got candid and spoke about the preparation of the players.
“Looking at our team, Nick Webber and I both feel that we have benefitted with the gap we got for the boys to take rest. They have had a long year right from the last IPL to this, we have taken 3 weeks to take them through training which is not possible during the season. What we did was ask them to take rest at their homes, take some time off and relax. Then slowly, we started developing them towards what they need to do and where we feel that they are not able to workout during the season,” Soham Desai, Strength and Conditioning Coach, said in the full video posted on the BCCI’s website.
“We were fortunate enough to give them the right amount of weights in their rooms to help them address the issues. From the seventh day, they started individual training in the gym, we have ticked many boxes and we are in the right space. We are ready to fly to the UK now,” he added.