India Tour of England: For the first time in history, Team India men’s and women’s team will travel together for an overseas tour. If Virat Kohli’s men head for a long three and half month’s tour, Mithali Raj & Co will have a full series in England including a one-off Test. The men’s team’s first assignment will be the World Test Championship final (ICC WTC Final) against New Zealand, followed by a gruelling five-match Test series against Joe Root’s England.
The BCCI has booked a charter flight for the two teams and their families and the entire contingent will leave for the UK on June 2 from Mumbai. The two teams, their support staff and coaches are currently in 14-day quarantine in Mumbai. For the men’s team, their family members are also in quarantine as some of them will also travel with the team. However, BCCI hasn’t yet officially confirmed if it has got permission to take the family members. The UK government had allowed the players and support staff despite a travel ban in place.
India Tour of England: Itinerary for Virat Kohli’s Team India
However, it will not be the end of quarantine for the Men in Blue. After arriving in the UK, Virat Kohli & Co will take a three-hour bus ride to Southampton where they will be placed in “managed isolation” in the team hotel as per UK’s public health requirements.
As per the ICC, the players’ activity will be allowed in a gradually increasing manner after each round of negative testing. Initially, players will be allowed to exercise only in isolation and as negative tests come, they will be allowed to train in small groups. Later, they will be able to train with the full squad but will remain in bio-bubble.
Team India men’s schedule: Virat Kohli & Co’s first assignment will be the ICC WTC Final at Rose Bowl in Southampton against New Zealand. The match starts on June 18 with a provision for the sixth day. Before the ICC WTC Final, India wanted to play an intra-squad practice match but that seems unlikely with the managed isolation period. As per information available with InsideSport, Virat Kohli & Co will have to be in isolation for three days in Southampton hotel and test negative thrice.
After the ICC WTC Final, the men’s team will have over a month of break before the 5-match Test series against England. During the period, Team India will hit the nets and play intra-squad practice matches to prepare for the England series.
The 1st Test against England will begin on August 4 and Team India will move to Nottingham three days before the match. It will be yet another three-hour bus journey for the team.
India Tour of England fixtures: Men’s
ICC WTC Final: India vs New Zealand, June 18-23 at Rose Bowl, Southampton
1st Test: England vs India, August 4-8, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
2nd Test: England vs India, August 12-16, Lord’s, London
3rd Test: England vs India, August 25-29, Headingley, Leeds
4th Test: England vs India, September 2-6, Kennington Oval, London
5th Test: England vs India, September 10-14, Old Trafford, Manchester
India Tour of England: Itinerary for Mithali Raj’s Team India Women
The Women in Blue will also follow a similar pattern to the men’s team. After arriving in London on June 3, they will take a 2-hour bus journey to Bristol. At the team hotel, they will spend further isolation before being tested regularly and allowed to resume practice. Mithali Raj’s team will begin with a one-off Test against England on June 16, followed by three-match ODI series and then a three-match T20I series, culminating the tour on June 15.
In Bristol, Team India Women will play the 1st Test from June 16 and the 1st ODI on June 27. The team will leave for Taunton ahead of the 2nd ODI on June 28.
Team India women’s fixtures:
Only Test: England W vs India W, June 16-19, County Ground, Bristol
1st ODI: England W vs India W, June 27, County Ground, Bristol
2nd ODI: England W vs India W, June 30, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
3rd ODI: England W vs India W, July 3, New Road, Worcester
1st T20I: England W vs India W, July 9, County Ground, Northampton
2nd T20I: England W vs India W, July 11, County Ground, Hove
3rd T20I: England W vs India W, July 15, County Ground, Chelmsford