India tour to England: Indian players out of the England tour if they test Covid-positive in Mumbai: BCCI.
India tour to England: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday have asked its England tour-bound cricketers to keep themselves safe and isolated till they reach Mumbai. The board has also informed all the players that if any of the cricketers gets positive upon arriving in Mumbai, they can consider themselves out of the tour.
After the abrupt suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last week, the Indian board is extra cautious and has tightened its approach towards the international fixtures.
Team physio Yogesh Parmar has also asked the players to lock themselves and keep isolated until they reach Mumbai.
The Indian contingent is scheduled to board a flight for England on June 2 after completing a mandatory hard 8 days quarantine in Mumbai. The RT-PCR tests will be conducted three times in this quarantine, day 1, day 4 and on the seventh day, said the senior BCCI official.
“Indian team will have eight days of hard quarantine (confined to hotel rooms) in India with mandatory negative RT-PCR reports on the second, fourth and seventh day required to board the flight,” said a senior BCCI official.
The Indian outfit will have to isolate themselves again after landing in the UK for 10 days. However, the BCCI is in constant talks with the ECB to soften the rules as the players have already gone through their hard quarantine in Mumbai.
A three months long marathon tour will comprise six Test matches. The final of the ICC World Test Championship will be played against New Zealand, beginning 18th June while the five games Test series against England will begin on 4th August.
“The players have been informed to consider their tour over if they are found positive on their arrival in Mumbai as BCCI will not arrange another charter flight for any cricketer,” a source in the Indian board informed.
As a precautionary measure, the BCCI has also informed that the RT-PCR tests will also be done on the family members quarantining in Mumbai as the second wave of the global pandemic wreaking havoc in the country.
“The players, support staff and families will be tested and two negative reports are required before they leave for Mumbai. It will be done in order to ensure that they are coming into the bubble without any infection.”
All the players named in the England tour are advised to take their first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine at the earliest. The board will arrange the second dosage of the vaccine in England.
Players who are unable to get the slots for the vaccinations will have to contact the BCCI, the board will arrange the dose for them.
“For vaccination, BCCI has informed the players to take Covishield which they can get in England, and not Covaxin,” the BCCI source informed.
Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav on Monday took their first jab of the Covishield vaccine. While the other players will take theirs in the coming days.