London: The Indian men’s and women’s cricketers on Thursday reached London ahead of the much-anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) final and England series.
Team India and New Zealand are set to lock horns in the finals of WTC at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, starting June 18, while the Indian women’s cricket team will being their ventures against England with a one-off Test from June 16.
Upon touchdown, India’s star wicketkeeper-batsman and opener KL Rahul took to his social media handles and posted a photograph standing in the airport in front of a British Airways flight.
“Touchdown,” Rahul captioned the post on Twitter.
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) June 3, 2021
In the early hours of June 3, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had also shared pictures of the Indian contingent who were ready for their long journey to England.
After the conclusion of the WTC final, Virat Kohli’s Team India will take on hosts England in a five-match Test series. Meanwhile, the women’s team are set to take on England in three ODIs beginning June 27 with the matches slated to be played in Bristol, Taunton, and Worcester.
Both sides will then square face-off in three T20Is, starting July 9 and the three matches will be played at Northampton, Hove, and Chelmsford.
Team India will now need undergo COVID-19 testing again before commencing a period of managed isolation at their on-site hotel at the Hampshire Bowl.
— Anjali Sharma (@Anjali_vk_18) June 3, 2021
However, before leaving for England, India head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday had revealed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should look to make the finale of the WTC final a best-of-three matchup and it could be played like a three-match series.
Meanwhile, New Zealand are currently taking on England in a two-match Test series ahead of the WTC final against India.