India is all set to resume International cricket after an enforced break of 9 months due to covid-19 pandemic as they tour Australia for 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 tests starting November 27. The limited overs games will be played between 27th November and 8th December while the Border-Gavaskar series will commence from 17th December and end on the 19th of January. The team will leave for Australia directly from UAE soon after the conclusion of ongoing IPL. Ravi Shastri, along with other coaching staff, has entered the bio bubble in UAE.
Earlier, there were speculations about BCCI not allowing the WAGS (wives and girlfriends) of the players to travel to Australia with their partners and they were asked to return to India once the Indian Premier League ended in case they were in UAE. However, on multiple requests from senior players, BCCI has now decided to let them travel with their families and given them a verbal assurance for the same as per the reports by Indian Express.
“A few Indian players had requested us to allow family because some of them didn’t bring their wives to UAE,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express. “We have informally informed players that they can take their families. Their families passport details have been taken.”
The partners of the players will undergo mandatory isolation period of two weeks along with the team and stick to the guidelines laid down by the Board once they reach Australia. The team will be allowed to train after a week of isolation.
For the 13th edition of IPL, BCCI had left it upon the franchises to take decision on whether or not allow the families of the players to accompany them to UAE. Franchises like Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians allowed their players to get their families along but Chennai Super Kings had denied the same. For players who do not have their partners in UAE, the tour to Australia would have meant a total of six months away from their families had the BCCI not taken the decision which would have take a toll on their mental health.
It is a really long tour spanning across two months and after a lot of players have come out in the open and talked about the mental trauma and stress caused by living in a bio-secure environment, it will be a welcome distraction to have their families around them in such testing times and is also likely to have a positive impact on the mental health of the players.
“The board has arranged a chartered flight for those players who will not be part of the Test squad. They will fly back to India after a one-day series. It’s up to players whether they want to send their families after one-dayers or after a Test series gets over,” the official said.
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