“WTC final to go ahead as planned”, says ICC after India’s entry into UK’s travel ‘red list’

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said it is confident the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand will go ahead as planned in Southampton in June. This after the UK put India on its travel “red list” on a precautionary basis after reporting 103 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said it is confident the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand will go ahead as planned in Southampton in June. This after the UK put India on its travel “red list” on a precautionary basis after reporting 103 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India.

“We are currently discussing with the UK Government the impact of countries being on the ‘red list’. The ECB and other Members have demonstrated how we can stage international cricket safely in the middle of a pandemic and we are confident that we can continue to do that and that the World Test Championship Final will go ahead as planned in June in the UK,” ICC said in a statement via Twitter.

The Indian women’s cricket team is also scheduled to tour the UK in June while the men’s team is to play five Tests in England starting August 4. There is also concern about how the inclusion of India in the ‘red list’ will impact the England and New Zealand cricketers who are currently playing in the IPL and intend to fly to the UK for the two-match Test series between the two countries that starts at the Lord’s on June 2.
The IPL will conclude on May 30 with the summit clash scheduled in Ahmedabad.

On Tuesday, April 20, Union Health Ministry released the data of new COVID-19 cases in India, after that India saw another day with a large surge.

A report released by the Union Health Ministry states that in the last 24 hours, India reported 2,59,170 new COVID-19 cases and 1,54,761 patients got a discharge, while 1,761 people died of this deadly virus, and reached the milestone of highest single day deaths. Total active cases in India are now around 20.31 lakhs. The total death toll in India reached 1,80,530.

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