Krunal put into 7-day isolation, not to travel back to India on July 30

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27 Jul 2021 | 02:43 PM
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Krunal put into 7-day isolation, not to travel back to India on July 30

While the series is being played closed doors, the bio-security bubble breach at the Taj Samudra hotel in Colombo, where the Indian team is staying, could be a reason

As per Sri Lanka's health safety protocols, Krunal Pandya, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, will not be able to travel back to India with other members of the contingent on July 30 as he will now have to undergo mandatory isolation and obtain a negative RT-PCR report. The second T20I between India and Sri Lanka here on Tuesday was postponed by a day and the elder Pandya is out of the series with seven days of isolation.

For now, the three-match series is on as even if there are a couple of more cases, the Indian team has enough players with negative RT-PCR reports to field a team.

However, it has been learnt from BCCI sources that all the members of the Indian contingent are currently in room isolation till they receive the negative RT-PCR report. The entire contingent has undergone RT-PCR tests on the day to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad.

"If everyone is in the clear, we can have the match on Wednesday. Maximum among the eight close contacts who are also in mandatory isolation are players," a BCCI source added.

"We are all in room isolation till the test reports come," a member of the Indian contingent in Colombo said.

India are travelling with a 20-member squad plus four stand bye net bowlers.

India won the first T20 international by 38 runs and it is quite baffling as to how Krunal, who has been a part of the strict bio-bubble for the past one month, contracted the virus.

While the series is being played closed doors, the bio-security bubble breach at the Taj Samudra hotel in Colombo, where the Indian team is staying, could be a reason.

One of the logistics staff (bus driver) or catering staff at the ground could also be a carrier. The development is also likely to affect the travel plans of Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, who were due to join the Indian team in England after this series for an upcoming Test assignment against England next month. The duo were supposed to link up with the red ball squad in the UK after the completion of the T20 series and it is still not clear whether these two are among the eight, who were in close contact with Krunal.

(With inputs from PTI)

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