A senior BCCI source revealed on Tuesday that families of players and support staff of both the Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams will be allowed to accompany them during their lengthy tour of England this month.
The BCCI had earlier put in a request to allow families of players and support staff to accompany them for the UK trip given that they will spend a considerable amount of time in bio-bubbles because of the ongoing pandemic.
“Yes, it’s good news that players will have their families during the tour of UK. Ditto for the women’s team who can also have their families around. These are times when mental well-being of players is paramount”.
“The BCCI understands that we need our players and support staff to be in a good head space,” the source told PTI.
No BCCI office-bearers for WTC final due to quarantine rules
However, none of the BCCI office-bearers, including President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah will be attending the World Test Championship final against New Zealand on 18 June, due to strict quarantine rules.
“As far as I know, the ECB didn’t grant permission to them (Ganguly and Shah). Normally, administrators go before the Test match but as per quarantine rules, since they are not playing members, they would have had to undergo hard quarantine of 10 days.”
“The team rules wouldn’t have been applicable as far as president and secretary is concerned,” the official further added.
Indian men’s and women’s teams will be leaving for the UK on June 2. Both teams will travel to Southampton after their London touchdown.
Both teams have served their 14 day quarantine period in India and undergone six RT-PCR negative tests. They will board the charter flight to the UK on Wednesday. It is expected that they will have three days of hard quarantine (room). After the quarantine, they can use the gymnasium as well as start their skills (net) training.
The Women’s team are supposed to travel to Bristol on completion of their hard quarantine in Southampton. The men’s team is expected to play an intra-squad three-day practice game to get into the groove.
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