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WTC Final: Three-week Break For Indian Players

Following the World Test Championship final, the Indian team management has chosen to give its players a three-week sabbatical in order to treat mental tiredness that may be caused by prolonged periods in a bio-bubble.

Indian squad will split for nearly three weeks

The WTC final will be held at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from June18-22, and the Indian squad will split for nearly three weeks (20 days) before rejoining on July 14 to prepare for the five-match series against England, which will begin on August 4 in Nottingham.

“As skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri had told the media at the pre-departure press conference, there will be a break. There is a six-week gap between WTC final and opening Test against England, so we had to address the issue of players’ well-being. Within UK, they can disperse off, go for a holiday, meet friends and family,” a senior BCCI official told.

Athletes Free To Chose How Will They Spend Their Time

There may be some team gatherings, but athletes will have complete autonomy over how they spend their time.

“Most of them have come to UK for multiple times and have friends and acquaintances around the country. It’s only fair that they can switch off,”

42 Day Gap Between Two Assignments Effect Team Preparation

On June2, during the pre-departure briefing, Kohli responded to a PTI question about how the 42-day gap between the two assignments will effect the team’s preparations.

“I feel like after you are done with WTC, I think it’s a great opportunity to refresh and restructure. Hopefully, if things are okay, out in England, we would have finished our quarantine period and just for the guys to be normal for a few periods of time just disconnect again,” Kohli had said back then.

“…understanding that we have a pressure of a five-match series so like in Australia if we had to compete inside a bubble, for that long a period of time, it would have been very very tough.

“Fact that we had little bit of freedom to go out and access things gave us a bit more space and time to reset and refresh. So, I think it’s absolutely fine as it gives us time to re-group as a side and prepare again for a long series,” the skipper had explained.

“That kind of set-up is very important before we go into a lengthy series. Test series in England can be challenging and daunting so we want to have most amount of time before that series,” Kohli had said back then.

Shastri, the head coach, echoed his captain’s comments.

“Five Tests in six weeks is no joke. Not only the physical side but also the mental side of it. You can be destroyed mentally being asked to do same things day in day out.”

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