The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed its England-bound players that if they test positive after landing in Mumbai before embarking on the tour, they can consider themselves out of the trip.
The Indian team physio Yogesh Parmar has advised the players to try and keep themselves isolated until they reach Mumbai.
The players, support staff and their family members going to England will undergo RT-PCR Tests on the first day after checking in at their hotel. With the contingent coming from all parts of the country, the BCCI wants a secure bio-bubble in place.
The Indian team is scheduled to fly out on June 2 to play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, followed by a five-Test series against England.
“The players have been informed to consider their tour over if they are found positive on their arrival in Mumbai as BCCI will not arrange another charter flight for any cricketer,” a source in the Indian board informed.
Chastened by the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after several positive tests in various franchises, the board has become more cautious. It has told the players that RT-PCR tests will be conducted on their family members too before they reach Mumbai. This has been done as a precautionary measure keeping in mind the second wave of the pandemic zxwreaking havoc in the country.