The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday that the Test Championship would be held as planned, just as word of the Indian version of Coronavirus arriving and spreading in portions of the United Kingdom began to circulate.
Due to an increase in instances of the Indian version, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health, said in the House of Commons on Monday that the United Kingdom has decided to implement a travel ban on India.
Healthcare personnel and scientists are yet unsure of the severity of this new variety, although some believe it is two times more hazardous than the previously identified UK variant.
From June 18th to June 22nd, the ICC Test Championship between the world’s top two test-playing nations, New Zealand and India, would be conducted. Surprisingly, the site is the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, where Indian passengers had just been prohibited from traveling.
The Indian cricket team earned a spot in the ICC test championship final against New Zealand with a 2-1 series win over Australia earlier this year and then defeating the English cricket team by a score of 3-1 at home.
On Monday, the International Cricket Council expressed confidence that the inaugural Test Championship final will be held on time. Despite a significant increase in Coronavirus cases in India and catastrophic conditions in the United Kingdom, the International Cricket Council remains optimistic.
‘The highest officials of the International Cricket Council are in discussion with officials of the English Cricket Board, and together, we are analysing the current situation and what can be done,’ the International Cricket Council noted in their announcement.
The men in blue, led by Virat Kohli, are, on the other hand, ready to take on the Kiwis and win the first-ever test series. Virat Kohli would get the image of a world-class skipper if India wins the World Cup final on June 22nd in Southampton, having already gaining the image of a world-class batsman. If this occurs, Kohli will have won his first ICC title as a skipper.
‘Prominent members of the International Cricket Council are looking forward to communicating with the authorities and coming up with feasible strategies to conduct this final successfully amidst the deteriorating Coronavirus scenario,’ said another spokeswoman for the International Cricket Council on Monday. We are hopeful that we will be successful in attaining our aim in some way.’