ICC WTC Final, India vs New Zealand: The Indian Test team will soon embark on a four-month tour of England to take part in the World Test Championship against New Zealand (from June 18-22), followed by a five-Test series against England. BCCI had warned all the players bound to UK that if they contract Covid-19 they will be out of the tour. Keeping this in mind, Washington Sundar’s father M Sundar took an extraordinary step to keep his son safe from the deadly virus. He decided to stay away from the Indian cricketer before he joins up with the Indian team in Mumbai on May 19.
Sundar works as an administrative officer in the Income Tax department in Chennai. His job requires him to visit the office thrice a week. And with the number of cases in Chennai rising, he decided to not stay in the same home where Washington is staying. Instead, Sundar is now living at another house and is connected with his family online.
“Since Washington returned home from the IPL, I have been staying in another house. My wife and daughter are staying with Washington since they don’t step out of the house. I am only seeing him on video calls. I have to go to the office a few days a week. I don’t want him to contract Covid because of me,” he told the New Indian Express.
India tour of England: Men’s team (for WTC Final) and Women’s team will travel together
For the first time, the men’s and women’s cricket team will travel together in the same chartered flight. While Virat Kohli and boys will be flying to the UK for the World Test Championship, Mithali Raj and women will be playing three ODIs and as many T20Is against England. The Indian contingent will leave on June 2 from Mumbai.
ICC WTC Final, India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; subject to fitness clearance).