Players in India are the first of 3 to clear COVID-19 tests, BCCI allows families during hard quarantine

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Rohit Sharma is one of the Indian players who made it to Chennai and is being quarantined. (File Photo)© AFP


The Indian cricketers completed their first round of RT-PCR tests on Thursday and will undergo two more rounds before starting training for the upcoming Test Series against England from February 2. The series of four games starts on February 5 in Chennai. The entire Indian contingent has already arrived in the city and both teams are staying at the Leela Palace hotel. “The SOP is the same as the IPL biobubble during the hard quarantine period. We have already done one RT-PCR test and we would do two more before we get permission to train. At this point the players will have to be locked up. to their rooms, ”a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

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The players will have to make do with some exercise in their room under the supervision of the two strength and conditioning experts, Nick Webb and Soham Desai.

A welcome move is that the BCCI has allowed the players to be accompanied by their families, as it “could be extremely lonely” during the hard quarantine phase.

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Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane, senior opener Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, all-rounder Hardik Pandya have all been joined by their respective families and they have all posted posts from their official social media handles.

“The players have all come back after a grueling tour. Hard quarantine can be extremely difficult and it would only benefit their well-being if there are women and children around, which would help them stay in a good headroom,” said the source.

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