The Indian team in England was hit by a massive COVID-19 scare. Days after Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar tested positive for COVID-19, India assistant physio Yogesh Parmar also returned positive results on eve of the 5th Test, which led to the cancellation of the Manchester Test.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials had earlier made all possible arrangements for bubble-to-bubble transfer of their players from the United Kingdom to UAE. But the news of physio Yogesh Parmar testing positive put those plans to rest. Now a franchise official has confirmed that the BCCI has mandated six days of compulsory quarantine for players coming from England before they are allowed to join the bio-bubble.
“The BCCI has informed us that every player coming in from the UK to UAE will have to undergo six days of quarantine before they can join the team bubbles. Obviously, the bubble-to-bubble transfer from the UK to UAE no longer stands keeping in mind the current scenario,” a franchise official said as quoted by Latestly.
Meanwhile, the franchises have started working out plans to bring their players back from the UK. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have arranged a charter flight for Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj.
“Yes, we have arranged a charter flight for Virat and Siraj, both of them will be flying out at 11:30 PM UK time on Saturday, and they will reach Dubai early Sunday morning. The safe transit of players is the utmost priority for RCB. They will undergo 6-day quarantine there before joining the team bubble,” a team source added
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan has also confirmed charter flight for their players - Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, and Cheteshwar Pujara. They also have two England players Moeen Ali and Sam Curran playing for them, who will also travel with the Indian players.
“Now that the Test match is off, we are looking to get the CSK boys into Dubai tomorrow,” said Kasi Vishwanathan on Friday.