The Indian cricket team, which is on a British tour for a five-Test series, will not change its schedule for a five-Test series despite some England players and support staff going on quarantine after their one-day team tested positive for the coronavirus. The day off will continue.
For this reason, England had to select a whole new team under Ben Stokes for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan. The Indian players will assemble in London on July 14 from where they will travel to Durham for a two-week training camp and a first-class match against ‘Select County XI’.
A senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told PTI on condition of anonymity, “We are aware of the situation. If there is any change in the existing health protection guidelines, the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and local health authorities will make them available to us and they will be strictly followed, but we have not been told anything yet. Players have not yet been asked to end their leave midway.
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Right now most of the players are in or around London and are spending time with their families. Some have even gone to rural areas. Players can be tested again once they gather in London and only then can they be allowed to enter a bio-secure environment. There has been an increase in Delta-3 cases in England. Not all players in England’s original ODI team have been fully vaccinated.