ICC WTC Final LIVE – India vs New Zealand LIVE: The Indian team management in Southampton, England is unhappy about a development in the New Zealand camp. According to a report by Cricbuzz, Indian team management is not too pleased with an excursion trip by some members of the New Zealand team today in the morning. The report claims that despite of the strict BIO-BUBBLE protocols, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Michell and physio Tommy Simsek went out to play Golf today in morning – which has upset the Indian team management.
It is worth noting that both India and New Zealand are putting up at the Hilton hotel with-in the premises of Ageas Bowl stadium in Southampton. As per the ICC protocols, Indian team and their families have remained on their floors at the hotel – but contrary to that New Zealand members have gone out to play Golf. The said development has upset the Indian team management and players.
InsideSport.co reached out to BCCI on their official take on the matter.
‘We have been informed about the matter by the team management. ICC needs to have similar protocols for both the teams. We will raise the issue with ICC officials’, said the senior BCCI member currently in Mumbai.
It is worth noting that the Golf-Course like the hotel is also housed in the same premises as the Ageas Bowl and New Zealand team management feels no such protocols have been broken by their team.
ICC WTC Final: India & New Zealand prune their squad to 15, rest of the squad members move to London
Meanwhile as per the earlier agreed ICC guidelines, both India and New Zealand have pruned their squad to 15 members on Tuesday. India has travelled to England with 25 member squad while New Zealand had landed in England with 20 member. For India, the dropped members included KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla have been asked to move back to London with their families.
The dropped members from both teams will not be allowed to stay with the 15 member final squads.
In the India’s 15-member squad for the World Test Championship final, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav has been included in the squad while Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul have been left out. It means Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma will be opening the batting for the Virat Kohli-led side. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been chosen as the spinners, while Wriddhiman Saha has also been named in the squad along with Rishabh Pant. The Kiwis have already entered the bio-bubble for the summit clash having defeated England in the two-match Test series.
Players Dropped from the Indian Squad: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla
BLACKCAPS Test squad for WTC Final: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Will Young
Players Dropped from New Zealand Squad: Doug Bracewell, Jacob Duffy, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra and Mitchell Santner are the five players who will drop out from the original 20-player touring squad for the England Test series.