“The team has already taken the first dose"
Virat Kohli and his Indian squad will receive their second Covid-19 vaccines in the UK when they are eligible.
The Indian cricket team are due to fly to the UK on June 2, 2021, for their scheduled tour of England.
They will also be participating in the World Test Championship (WTC) final with New Zealand.
The team will receive a Covid-19 test before their departure and have been warned that they will not be travelling to the UK if found positive.
Most of the squad have already received their first dose in India, including captain Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma.
They were told to receive the Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca) vaccine, as it is also available in the UK.
Therefore, players can receive their second dose of it as soon as they are eligible.
Speaking about the vaccines, a source said:
“The team has already taken the first dose here after the government opened the vaccination process for all above 18.
“The second dose will be administered by the UK health department once the players are eligible to get the second jab as per rules.”
The Indian cricket team are due to travel to Mumbai on May 25, 2021, and participate in an eight-day bubble.
From there, they will travel to the UK and quarantine for ten days in a hotel in Southampton’s Ageas Bowl.
The team will stay and train there before playing a one-off Test against New Zealand, beginning on June 18, 2021.
The Test will determine the winner of the World Test Championship.
The team will then take on England in a five-match Test series.
India’s 20-member squad for their tour of England is:
- Virat Kohli
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Rohit Sharma
- Shubman Gill
- Mayank Agarwal
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Hanuma Vihari
- Rishabh Pant
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Axar Patel
- Washington Sundar
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Ishant Sharma
- Mohammed Shami
- Mohammed Siraj
- Shardul Thakur
- Umesh Yadav
- Wriddhiman Saha (subject to fitness clearance)
- Kannur Lokesh Rahul (subject to fitness clearance)
However, the team will change if any of the players test positive for Covid-19 before their departure to the UK.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has warned that any cricketer who tests positive should consider their tour of England over.
A source for the BCCI said that any player found to be Covid-19 positive before they reach Mumbai on May 25, 2021 will not be boarding the flight to the UK.
Positive players will also not be able to join the team after recovering from the virus, as the BCCI “will not arrange another charter flight for any cricketer”.