India arrived in Southampton on 2nd June ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, beginning on 18th June 2021. While New Zealand has begun their preparations with the ongoing two-match Test series against England, India is currently serving a three-day hard quarantine.
Team India landed in the UK before spending a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Mumbai. They are currently serving another hard quarantine for three days before starting their preparations for the WTC final.
“I had a good sleep…the plan is to quarantine. We have been told that we can’t meet each other for three days so we will be quarantining for that much time,” said Axar Patel in a video posted by BCCI capturing the team’s journey to England via a charter flight.
Both the Men’s and Women’s team squads travelled to the UK in the same flight. Upon arriving, the Indian contingent took a two-hour bus to Southampton.
The Indian Men’s cricket Team are scheduled to play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, beginning 18th June 2021. This will be followed by 5-match Test series against England.
On the other hand, the Women’s team are scheduled to play one-off Test, three ODIs and as many T20 internationals against England, starting 16th June 2021.
Meanwhile, a second-string side would be travelling to Sri Lanka to play three ODIs and as many T20s in July. Shreyas Iyer seems to be the front-runner for taking up leadership duties. Besides, the team would boast of some experienced members namely, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav among others.