The Indian Cricket Team is set to undergo a three-day quarantine in Mumbai before flying to Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday by charter flight. The Indian cricketers are always under a tight cricketing schedule and in the Covid times, they have an added pressure of going through quarantine.
Indian team to quarantine near Mumbai airport
As per a report published by Cricbuzz, the Indian players who are set to travel to South Africa have been asked to check into a five-star hotel near the Mumbai International Airport by Sunday evening to fulfill the biosecurity protocols.
Before entering into their quarantine, India bowling coach Paras Mhambre led a mini-camp in Bandra Kurla Complex where the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Shardul Thakur took part.
The Indian team is set to tour South Africa after three years where they will compete with the Proteas in a three-match test and ODI series. The Indian team is yet to win a test series in South Africa and it remains the final frontier left to conquer for India in Test cricket.
The first of the three Tests starts in Centurion on December 26. Wanderers in Johannesburg and Newlands in Cape Town will host the other two Tests.
India A squad reaches Ahmedabad
India A players who were touring the African country have avoided landing in Mumbai and flew directly to Ahmedabad from Bloemfontein to avoid strict quarantine protocols in Maharashtra. Ahmedabad has relaxed quarantine protocols as compared to Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, a few members of India A squad — Navdeep Saini, Saurabh Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Arzan Nagwaswallam, Hanuma Vihari, and Vivek Ramakrishna (trainer), who were involved in a three-game series against South Africa A, have stayed back and will join the senior side after they reach there.
Notably, there were concerns around senior teams’ travel to South Africa, which is reeling under Omicron, a new and deadlier variant of COVID-19. However, the incident-free A tour has emboldened the BCCI and the members for traveling to the country. The CSA has also promised to leave nothing to chance on the implementation of BSE protocols during the tour.
• Indian team to undergo a three-day quarantine
• Indian A squad reaches Ahmedabad in order to avoid strict quarantine protocols in Mumbai