Two players from the Indian team have tested positive for Covid-19 in England. While the names of the cricketers are unknown, both of them are believed to be doing fine now. In fact, one has returned with a negative test since the other is still in isolation and he will remain so till July 18.
India are currently in England to play a five-match Test series against the hosts, starting August 4. The Indian team has been on a break since losing to New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton. However, they are expected to assemble for a camp today (July 15).
“Luckily, there is nothing to worry as one of the players has already returned negative since testing positive, the other player will be tested on Sunday and is currently in isolation. He is asymptomatic as well and we are confident that he can join the camp soon after negative reports,” a source told ANI.
The source further added that there was no cause for concern as of now. “As of now, they are all fine, but we will be testing them regularly and following strict protocols. Safety of the players is always the priority,” the source said.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah has written to the players and coaching staff in the UK asking them to avoid crowded places. He had earlier specifically warned them against attending the Euro Championships and Wimbledon. However, head coach Rai Shastri, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant were spotted at these events.
BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla however confirms that only one player has tested positive for Covid-19 and no other player was infected because of him.
"Yes, one player has tested positive but he has been in isolation for the last eight days. He was not staying in any hotel with the team, so no other player has been affected. But I can't divulge the name of the player," Shukla told PTI on Thursday.
"As of now, no other player has tested positive. Also, you must be aware our secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to all players to maintain protocols," Shukla added.
After India's request, they will now play a three-day warm-up match against a County side between July 20 and 22 instead of playing a couple of intra-squad matches.
India captain Virat Kohli was unhappy that the team had not been given a practice match ahead of the WTC final, but now has his wish fulfilled ahead of the England Tests.