The COVID 19 pandemic is not sparing anyone, and that includes the Indian and England players. The England team had the first cases of COVID 19 before the Indian team. As of now, two Indian players have been affected by the virus. According to sources, both the players were only asymptomatic in that they only had minor signs such as coughs and cold when tested for COVID-19.
Luckily, one of them has been tested and given negative results. However, the other player who had been in isolation has tested positive. This has happened during the team’s 20-day break, and he will not be traveling with the rest of the players to Durham. The BCCI secretary had recently sent an email to the Indian contingent in the UK warning them about the continued rise of COVID 19 cases.
In his letter, Shah had told the players to avoid crowded places because the Coronavirus vaccine only provides protection and not complete immunity. Also, he had stated specific areas they ought to avoid: Wimbledon and the Euro Championships, which were recently completed. According to a report given, team members had stayed away from attending the Euro Championship. Even after having the tickets to watch the game, they had decided to watch it while at their team hotel.
The rest of the team is supposed to reassemble at Durham in a bio-bubble ahead of the Test series against England. During this period, they are supposed to prepare for a three-day warm-up against a County Championship XI starting on July 20. This will enable them to build up the high-intensity series. Afterward, there will be India vs. England 2021 series, which is supposed to begin on August 4. Thus, the India-England standoff marks the start of the second cycle of the World Test Championship.
According to BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla, the isolated player was not staying in any hotel with the team, so no other player was affected. He also said he couldn’t disclose the name of that player. The Indian Cricketers had received the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine in India before flying out, and they received the same when they were in the UK. The BCCI had advised the players to understand the COVID-19 situation and follow the rules placed. Also, they were instructed to stay within the team environment because it’s more controlled.
Here is the squad for India vs England Test Series 2021 tour; Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant(wicket-keeper), Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper).