Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah Won't be Present for WTC Final
Author : Arti Sharma | Published On : 02 Jun 2021
Team India is ready to fly England for the much-awaited World Test Championship final and then a five-match Test series against England as well. While the families of players and support staff of the teams will be allowed to accompany them, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah wouldn’t be present the World Test Championship final due to the strict quarantine rules, a senior BCCI source shared on Tuesday.
“Yes, it’s good news that players will have their families during the tour of UK. Ditto for the women’s team who can also have their families around. These are times when mental well-being of players is paramount. The BCCI understands that we need our players and support staff to be in a good head space,” the source told PTI.
“As far as I know, the ECB didn’t grant permission to them (Ganguly and Shah). Normally, administrators go before the Test match but as per quarantine rules, since they are not playing members, they would have had to undergo hard quarantine of 10 days. The team rules wouldn’t have been applicable as far as president and secretary is concerned,” the official further added.
However, along with the the Indian men’s team, women’s team will be leaving for Southampton after they reach London. Both teams have to stay in a mandatory 14-day quarantine period and undergone six RT-PCR negative tests which will allow them to board the charter flight to London on Wednesday as well.
Meanwhile, it is expected that they will have to serve three days of hard quarantine at room and then they can use the gym and start training as well. Notably, the inaugural World Test Championship final will begin from June 18 in Southampton and after that Team India will play the five-match Test series against England in August as well.