Indian spinner Axar Patel has revealed that the team will have to undergo a strict three-day quarantine before practicing at the Aegis Bowl for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand. The final will start from June 18 and the Indian team arriving here on Wednesday will have very little preparation time. On the other hand, the New Zealand team is playing a two-Test series against England.
The Indian team was quarantined for 14 days in Mumbai before leaving for England and is currently on the second quarantine of a shorter duration. The BCCI has posted a video of the Indian team traveling in a chartered plane, in which the players have been talked to. Akshar said in this video, ‘I slept very well. Now we have to stay in quarantine. We have been told that we cannot even meet each other for three days, so we will be in quarantine for so many days.
On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara said that both he and his daughter slept well on the flight. The video shows almost all the team members moving around inside the charter plane. India’s men’s and women’s teams had left for England on the same plane. After reaching London, the Indian team reached Southampton after traveling two hours by bus.
The five-Test series against England after playing the WTC final
India have to play a five-Test series against England after playing the WTC final against New Zealand. The Virat Kohli-led side will take on England in Nottingham for a five-match Test series starting on August 4. The women’s team has to play one Test, three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals against England.