India tour of England – Virat Kohli’s team to travel by Charter Flight: India’s Test and white-ball series against England are set to go ahead as scheduled despite Covid-19 surge and travel ban imposed on India by United Kingdom. According to the SportsMail report, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) is developing a plan to book a chartered flight for Virat Kohli and men for the five Test series starting on August 4. As per current guidelines put on by the UK government, athletes will have to undergo a 10-day period of quarantine upon arrival.
India tour of England – India will be traveling to UK after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand starting on June 18. As reported earlier, Indian team will stay back in England after the competition and begin preparations for the 5 match red-ball series against the Three Lions.
ICC WTC Final: India and New Zealand might travel together to Southampton after IPL 2021
New Zealand cricketers in the ongoing IPL might travel with the Indian Players for the WTC final as they can’t come back home and then depart for England due to strict quarantine protocols, the country’s players’ union chief has indicated. The likes of captain Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner are among 10 New Zealand players in the different franchises of the IPL.
New Zealand has named a 20-member team for the two-match Test series in England starting on June 2 and the squad will be trimmed to 15 for the WTC final against India at Southampton.
“…they can’t very well come home, do the two weeks isolation and then go to England, so they’re going to have to be there (India) until the round-robin finishes, or the final series,” NZ Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills said when asked about the possibility “Then we’ve got other players who are coming home – logistically there’s not a lot of flights. It’s not easy to sort out the logistics.
We’re working closely with NZ Cricket and they’re in touch with the BCCI and the ICC,” Mills was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
Eng-W vs Ind-W: England Women vs India Women to go ahead as scheduled
India Women’s Test and white-ball series against England will also take place as scheduled. The England Cricket Board (ECB) and The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were forced to scrap the bilateral series last year in the wake of the pandemic, however, the two boards have decided to go ahead with the series despite travel ban on Indian nationals.
England’s first women’s Test for two years is due to take place in Bristol between June 16 and 20.