New Delhi: A senior BCCI source revealed on Tuesday that the families of players and support staff of the Indian men's and women's cricket teams will be allowed to go along with them during their tour of England. The BCCI had requested that the players be allowed the company of their loved ones as they have to spend a lot of time in the bio-safe bubble due to the covid-19 pandemic.
It has confirmed that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah will not be present for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18-22 because England put strict quarantine rules in the country.
The news comes from the source of PTI, "Yes, it's good news that players will have their families during the tour of the UK. Ditto for the women's team who can also have their families around. These are times when the mental well-being of players is paramount. The BCCI understands that we need our players and support staff to be in a good headspace."
"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 source added. The team rules wouldn't have been applicable as far as the president and secretary is concerned," the official further added.
Both Indian teams have expected a 14-day quarantine period in India and undergone six RT-PCR negative tests which allow them to board the charter flight to London on Wednesday.