India tour of England: BCCI’s big headache as no quarantine relaxation for family members yet

India tour of England: UK government has agreed to relax the quarantine norms for the Indian squad. BCCI awaits relaxation for the family.
India tour of England: UK government has agreed to relax the quarantine norms for the Indian squad. BCCI awaits relaxation for the family.

India tour of England: While the UK government has agreed to relax the quarantine norms for the Indian squad, BCCI still awaits relaxation for the family members. India is currently on UK’s travel ban ‘red list’ and therefore no traveller from the country is allowed to enter other than UK and Ireland citizens. The ECB has although managed to get an exemption for the players and staff, there is no confirmation on family members entries yet.

Players will be travelling with their families for the four-month-long tour which will kick off with the World Test Championship against New Zealand from June 18-23, followed by five-Test series against England from August 4.

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With the number of Covid-19 cases earning 25 million overall, BCCI is taking all precautions necessary to make the series a success. It has asked players to gather in Mumbai on May 19 to enter into two-week quarantine at the team hotel. They will fly to the UK on June 2, where Virat Kohli and the boys will undergo isolation.

It is learnt that the ECB is working with the UK government on seeking these exemptions.

India tour of England: BCCI has allowed family members to stay with players in Mumbai

At present, the BCCI has allowed family members to be part of the Mumbai bubble. They will undergo the same bio-safety protocols meant for the team while living in the bubble.

The Indian board has arranged three chartered flights from Delhi, Hyderabad ad Chennai for players to assemble in Mumbai. It has, however, exempted Mumbai-based players who will begin their hard quarantine at their homes and will join the bubble on May 24.

To ensure the bubble is completely secure, the BCCI had arranged for all the 20-members to get three negative tests before they board the flight en route to Mumbai. There will be further testing done at the team hotel before they embark on the London flight on June 2. Prior to that, all the players and their family members were given a doorstep COVID-19 test by the BCCI.