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India and Pakistan cricketers approved entry for England tours

Despite both nations being on the current Covid-19’red list,’ the Government has approved the entry of cricketers from India and Pakistan for tours of England this summer.

The Indian men’s team will play New Zealand in the World Test Championship final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, as part of a five-match series in England.
The women’s team will also play a multi-format series in England.

In July, Pakistan’s men’s team will face England in three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.
Both countries are on the red list, which only allows British citizens to enter.

The touring parties will still be required to quarantine, but they will be able to do so at the Ageas Bowl rather than at a government-approved hotel when they show up.

New Zealand will also be based in Hampshire, but their quarantine regulations are less stringent due to the nation’s inclusion on the Government’s green list.

Sri Lanka is currently on the amber travel list and will be in England for white-ball matches in late June and early July.

The rules apply to players and support staff, but not to their families; however, given the India team’s four-month stay in the UK until mid-September, talks are ongoing about permitting family members into the country.

Between June 18 and 22, the World Test Championship will be held over five days.
In August and September, India will play England in five Test matches.

Prior to that, England will play New Zealand in two Tests beginning on June 2 and will name their squad for that series on Tuesday afternoon.

The procedure for players from red-listed Pakistan and South Africa showing up to compete in The Hundred’s inaugural tournament is still unknown.

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