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The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday it was confident the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand would go ahead as planned in Southampton in June. It comes after the UK put India on its travel ‘red list’ as a preventive measure after reporting 103 cases of a variant coronavirus first identified in India. The WTC final will be played in a bio-secure bubble at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. The final is scheduled to start on June 18 and run through June 22, with June 23 being kept as a reserve day.

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“We are currently discussing with the UK government the impact of countries on the ‘red list’.”

“The ECB and other members have demonstrated how we can organize international cricket safely in the midst of a pandemic and we are confident that we can continue to do so and that the test world championship final will be played out as expected in June in the UK, “ICC said in a statement via Twitter.

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New Zealand were the first team to make it to the ICC Test World Championship final and were joined by India after their series victory over England.

Speaking in parliament, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We recently saw a new variant first identified in India. We have now detected 103 cases of this variant.”

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“As a precautionary measure, we have taken the difficult but vital decision to add India to the Red List,” Hancock said.

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“This means that anyone who is not a UK or Irish resident or a UK citizen cannot enter the UK if they have been in India within the previous 10 days,” he added.

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