The Indian camp in England has been dealt with a COVID scare as head coach Ravi Shastri has tested positive for COVID-19. Shastri along with bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel has been forced into isolation as a precautionary measure and won’t travel with the team for Day 4 of the Test. Shastri delivered positive results in the lateral flow test done on Saturday.
Despite Shastri’s positive results, the match would go ahead without interruptions as the other members of the contingent had undergone two lateral flow tests, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday morning, with both delivering negative results.
“The BCCI Medical Team has isolated Mr Ravi Shastri, Head Coach, B Arun, Bowling Coach, R Sridhar, Fielding Coach and Nitin Patel, Physiotherapist as a precautionary measure after Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive last evening. All four members have undergone RT-PCR testing and shall remain in the team hotel and not travel with Team India until confirmation from the medical team,” said the official communique from the BCCI.
Meanwhile, assistant coach Vikram Rathour will don the head coach’s hat for the remaining two days of the match. The biggest concern for team management, however, will be the non-availability of Nitin Patel and it will be interesting to see who comes out to attend Indian players in case of an injury.
This is not the first time an Indian camp has been hit by a COVID scare. Earlier, nine members of the Indian contingent were forced into isolation after Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.