The Indian cricketers, both men and women, have landed in London following their departure early morning on Thursday. The players, who were seen boarding the flight at Mumbai Airport, will have a long England tour waiting ahead of them.
The update was posted by Punjab Kings and Indian Cricket Team opener, KL Rahul, on his official Instagram page. He captioned the post – ‘Touchdown’.
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) June 3, 2021
This is the first time that the men’s and women’s cricket teams travelled together. The players were reportedly all masked up following the protocols. “Off we go” the BCCI tweeted on its handle before the takeoff.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 2, 2021
Following their arrival in London, the teams will travel to Southampton where they’re set to undergo covid-19 tests. They will spend their 14-day mandatory quarantine in Southampton and thereafter, the men’s team is scheduled to play the WTC Final against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl.
Although the women’s tour ends on July 15, the men will stay on to clash against England in a five-match Test series. They have a chance to undo the humiliating 1-4 defeat they suffered the last time around.
Women’s team to play a Test against England
The women’s team is set to play a one-off Test against England, which incidentally will be their first red-ball game in over 7 years. Following this will be a limited-overs series where the teams battle it out in a 3 match ODI series and as many T20I’s.
A BCCI member had mentioned that the pink-ball test idea was floated alongside the men’s pink-ball test discussion.
‘England and Australia are the two teams that still play Tests and going forward you will see a Test slotted in when they visit India or when India tour the two countries,’ a BCCI official had stated on Tuesday.
After the England tour, the Indian women’s team will travel to Australia in mid-September for a full-fledged tour consisting of a Test match, ODIs, and T20I series.