The Indian players will get a 20-day break from the bio-bubble life in the UK after the completion of the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, to be played in Southampton from June 18 to 22.
While the cricketers will disperse on June 24, they are set to return to the bio-bubble around July 14 ahead of the five-Test series against England, which starts on August 4.
Sources close to the team management said it will be a welcome break as the Indian cricketers will not only spend time in the bio-bubble for the Test series against England, but will also straightaway move to the IPL bubble in the UAE post the England series.
"The group will head off for the break on June 24 after the final against New Zealand and then regroup again around July 14 to prepare for the Test series against England which gets underway from August 4," the source said.
Asked if the cricketers would be allowed to visit any place which has low or negligible COVID-19 cases, the source claimed they cannot travel outside the UK.
"See, it is simple. The boys need to switch off and relax, but we cannot ignore that COVID-19 is still not completely gone. So, the travel plans have to be made in such a way that the boys and the families that are in UK don't get stuck somewhere while taking the break. Imagine going to some other country and then that place gets a travel ban due to a sudden rise in cases. You don't want your players or their families stuck. So, we are looking at places in the UK," the source explained.
Living in the bio-bubble isn't easy and skipper Virat Kohli also spoke about this before the Indian team departed for England.
"I feel like after you are done with WTC, I think it is a great opportunity to refresh and restructure, hopefully, if things are okay, just for the guys to be normal and disconnect again, to understand that we have the pressure of a five-match series. Like in Australia, if we had to contest in a bubble for that long period, it would have been tough," said Kohli.
"Just the fact that we had the freedom to go out and access the kind of things there, it gave us space to refresh and reset. I think it is absolutely fine, it will give us time to refresh and prepare for a long series. That kind of setup is important before you go to a lengthy series. The challenge in England can be daunting, so we want to have the time before that series," he added.