After the conclusion of the Indian Premier League 2021, the Indian Test Cricket Team will head to England to play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Much like the quarantine protocols in Australia, India will be undergoing a 14-day quarantine period in England before they square up against the Blackcaps.
The Ages Bowl ground in Southampton has been opted as the most preferred place, given the Hilton hotel is situated within the ground premises. Also, the England Cricket Board has blocked the entire hotel between 1st June and 26th June 2021. It is currently working along with ICC to create the biosecure bubble.
The International Cricket Council has also added a reserve date, given the fussy weather of England. One extra day has been put in place in case the rain affects the game. Ages Bowl is one of the most prominent cricket stadiums in England. It boasts a capacity of 25,000 spectators.
The World Test Championship final will take place between 18th June and 22nd June 2021.
“It’ll mostly be on the lines of the Australia tour where the initial three or five days will be in strict isolation, after which teams will be allowed to train while in quarantine,” a source in the know of developments told TOI.
Team India will have to stay in England even after playing the final as well to acclimatize to the playing conditions in England. The Men in Blue will play a five-match Test series against England in England a little over a month after the World Test Championship final.