Cricket: ICC World Test Championship Final gets UK exemptions
Dubai, May 29, 2021
The final of the ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand to be held in England has been granted an exemption by the UK government under the Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021, released on 17 May 2021.
The final will be staged in a bio-secure environment at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from 18-22 June.
As per the bio-safety protocols established for the event, in line with UK government and Public Health England requirements, the Indian team will arrive in the UK on 3 June via a charter flight and carrying evidence of a negative PCR Test, a press release from the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.
Prior to travelling, the party will have spent 14 days in a bio-secure environment in India during which regular testing will have taken place. Upon landing, they will proceed directly to the on-site hotel at the Hampshire Bowl where they will be tested again before commencing a period of managed isolation, the release said.
Regular tests will be conducted during the period of isolation. Players’ activity will be allowed in a gradually increasing manner after each round of negative testing, moving from exercise in isolation to small group and then larger squad activity, whilst always remaining within the bio-secure venue.
The New Zealand team are already in the UK ahead of their bilateral series against England and the team will transition from the ECB bio-secure environment into the World Test Championship Final bubble on 15 June and will be subject to regular testing prior to and post arrival in Southampton, the release added.