WTC Final: Team India is scheduled to face New Zealand in the all-important inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final set to begin from June 18 in Southampton. The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday revealed the playing conditions for the WTC final which stated that in case of a draw or tie, both India and New Zealand will be declared as the joint winners of the title. However, in a massive development, Team India will have to serve a hard quarantine period upon their arrival in UK ahead of the WTC Final.
In their recent press release, the ICC confirmed that the WTC final has now been granted an exemption by the UK government with regards to the health guidelines issued in the country. However, the apex council hasn’t yet provided any clarity on the exact numbers of days for Team India’s hard quarantine period in the on-site hotel at the Hampshire Bowl. According to reports, the Virat Kohli-led Indian contingent is scheduled to reach UK on June 3.
“The event has now been granted an exemption by the UK Government as outlined in The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021, released on 17 May 2021,” the ICC said in a release.
“Upon landing, they will proceed directly to the on-site hotel at the Hampshire Bowl where they will be tested again before commencing a period of managed isolation,” the release added.
Ahead of the WTC Final, New Zealand are scheduled to play a two-match Test series against England starting from June 2 at the Lord’s cricket ground in London. Thus, the Kiwi players will have a lot of time to acclimatize well in the English conditions as compared to the Indian team who will be leaving for UK on June 2. Virat Kohli and Co. are currently quarantining in Mumbai and preparing themselves for the long English summer ahead. India are also scheduled to play a five-match Test series against England in August post the WTC Final.
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