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Can’t meet anyone for three days in Southampton: Axar Patel

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Indian Test spinner Axar Patel revealed that the entire team has been asked to serve a three-day quarantine in Southampton, before beginning practice ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand from June 18-22.

The Indian Test squad reached Southampton on Wednesday. Axar also revealed that the players have been ordered to not meet each other during their three-day period of quarantine.

"I had a good sleep...the plan is to quarantine. We have been told that we can't meet each other for three days so we will be quarantining for that much time," Axar said in a video posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

As demanded by the BCCI earlier, the Indian players had already served a 14-day quarantine at a team hotel in Mumbai before they departed for England.

As per reports, the tourists were tested in Southampton and will undergo more tests in the coming days, before they take on New Zealand in the WTC final.

Meanwhile, the Kiwis landed in the United Kingdom (UK) on May 17 and are currently playing the first of two Tests against England at Lord’s. New Zealand will play the second Test at Edgbaston next week, before moving to Southampton to take on India.

Later in the English summer, Virat Kohli’s men will also take on England in a five-match Test series, starting August 4.

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Featured photo: AFP / Sajjad Hussain

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