Rahul Dravid will travel as India head coach for the six-game white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in July. aside from Dravid, the coaching staff will contain members of Dravid’s team from the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Indian white-ball team which will visit Sri Lanka has been assured of a minimum of one week preparation time before the opening fixture – the primary ODI on July 13. The BCCI initially thought of hosting a camp in Bangalore, but the worsening Covid situation and continued lockdown have ruled out that possibility.
A source connected with the tour has revealed to the present website that the touring party will have quarantine before departure in India and is preparing to undergo isolation, if needed, on arrival in Sri Lanka too, counting on the bio-protocols within the island.
As of Tuesday (June 8), the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health guidelines states that one-day quarantine is required for the fully vaccinated people from India, Vietnam, South African, and South American countries. These rules are applicable up to June 30. the rules, the order says, could change after June 30 and different rules could also be in situ by the time the Indian team leaves for Sri Lanka. Different rules can also apply for those that have had just one dose of vaccination.
Production of pre-departure negative RT-PCR test would be needed on arrival, followed by a negative test result after days occupy the hotel. The BCCI had previously advised players to require their vaccinations, but what percentage of them can complete both the doses on time before departure remains to be seen.
As for the make-up of the Indian squad, there is no immediate information on the date of the choice board meeting, though it’s expected to require place soon. Shikhar Dhawan might be handed captaincy, while Shreyas Iyer’s availability remains uncertain.