India’s tour of Australia is all set to begin after the completion of the IPL. With the squads more likely to announced by the end of next week, it has been reported that the Test specialists Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara along with the support staff of Team India are expected to join the team next Sunday in the UAE.
ESPNcricinfo reported that head coach of the national side Ravi Shastri will join the other members on Monday. Other than the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari it also expected that the other members of the support staff ie. Batting Coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are also expected to join the squad in UAE ahead of travelling to Australia with the rest of the squad.
Support staffs & players to enter bio-secure bubble ahead of India’s tour of Australia
Upon reaching the United Arab Emirates, all players and support staff will follow the same COVID-19 quarantine and testing procedures the IPL franchises followed. It would include mandatory 14 days quarantine along with a COVID-19 test every third day. Though they would be following the same procedures the IPL teams did, they certainly won’t be in the same bio-secure bubble as the IPL teams as the players and support staff would enter in a bio bubble of their own.
“It is understood that The selectors did not want to finalise the squads without a final approval from the BCCI to the CA schedule,” the report stated.
“The selectors though are understood to have already had informal discussions and are expected to meet early next week to finalise the three squads” it added.
The Indian side are scheduled to play three T20s, three ODIs and four Tests. Canberra and Sydney will be hosting the limited-overs leg. The Indian team are yet to announce the squad as they were awaiting the final confirmation regarding the schedule from Cricket Australia.