Indian cricket team’s head coach Ravi Shastri has tested positive for COVID-19 in a lateral flow test, according to a statement issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday. Apart from Ravi Shastri, three other members of the support staff in close contact with the head coach have been isolated as a precautionary measure.
The others who have been isolated include bowling coach B Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel. BCCI has clarified that all four have undergone the RT-PCR test for confirmation of COVID-19 and the reports are awaited. It has also been said that all four isolated by the medical team will remain in the team hotel and would not travel with the team until cleared by the medical team.
Indian contingent tested for COVID-19 Ravi Shastri
The BCCI statement provides that the remaining members of the Indian contingent in England underwent two lateral flow tests and were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the fourth Test at the Oval after testing negative.
“The remaining members of the Team India contingent underwent two Lateral Flow Tests – one last night and another this morning. The members upon returning negative COVID reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test at The Oval,” the statement reads.
India has scored 406 runs in the second innings to maintain a lead of 307 runs on Day 4 of the fourth Test. Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur are batting whereas Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj are yet to bat. Shardul Thakur completed his half-century whereas Rishabh Pant was playing at 47 runs at the time of writing the story.
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