- India-England 5th test match was canceled
- Head coach Shastri was found corona positive during the Oval Test
- The 10-day quarantine is expected to end on Monday
Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri and his support staff mates Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are expected to leave for India on Wednesday. However, before that his RT-PCR report came negative twice.
He has been in isolation since September 4 after Shastri came positive in the Kovid-19 test before the fourth Test at the Oval. His 10-day quarantine with Arun and Sridhar is expected to end on Monday.
However, all three will need to come negative in the RT-PCR test before leaving the UK for India. He is then expected to engage in a tough ‘bio-bubble’ in Dubai after the Indian Premier League when the Indian team assembles for the T20 World Cup campaign.
A senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on the condition of anonymity, “Ravi, Sridhar and Arun have no problem and they do not have any more symptoms. They will get their RT-PCR test done on Monday and if all goes well then they can leave on the predetermined date of departure which is September 15. The final decision will be taken by the medical team.
Meanwhile, other support staff members of the Indian contingent will reach India via Dubai on a commercial flight on Monday afternoon. Junior physio Yogesh Parmar, who came positive on September 8, will remain in isolation for a few more days and will leave home only after the quarantine is completed.
The fifth Test between India and England at Old Trafford was canceled after Virat Kohli refused to field his team for fear of infection.
The one-off Test is likely to be held in July next year but the England and Wales Cricket Board has contacted the ICC for an early resolution of the issue by its dispute committee.