Tuesday, 19 October 2021

An Indian player tests positive in the UK

An Indian player tests positive in the UK

India vs. England: An Indian player tests positive in the UK, BCCI secretary Jay Shah sends a cautionary letter

In the ongoing tour of England, One of the 23 Indian cricketers has tested positive for COVID-19 during the 20-day break after the WTC final and will not be traveling with the team to Durham for warmup on Thursday.

The news comes in by BCCI secretary Jay Shah recently sending an e-mail to the Indian squadron warning it about the rising cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. Ahead in the Test series against England next month, The side is to reassemble at Durham in a bio-bubble.

A source of BCCI told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"Yes, one of the players has tested positive although he is largely asymptomatic currently. He is in quarantine at an acquaintance's place and won't be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday,"

The management in the UK is close-mouthed about the player's name, and it is an understanding that he got afflicted by the Delta variant, which has led to the rising number of COVID-19 cases there.

Shah, in his letter, told Indian players to "avoid" crowded places as Covishield only provides protection, not complete immunity against the virus.

Shah's letter had explicitly stated that players should avoid going to Wimbledon and Euro Championships, which recently concluded.
The Indian team is about to take on England in a five-match Test series starting August 4.

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Sri Lanka toured England before the Pakistan series. Upon returning home, they had a virus outbreak in their camp, which forced the postponement of their limited-overs series against India. After Sri Lanka's batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan tested positive, the series was pushed back to July 18 instead of its scheduled commencement on July 13.

The Indian players were allowed to leave the bio-bubble in England and spent time on their own after the World Test Championship final that ended on June 23.BCCI approved their departure from the bubble with the instruction that the players and the support staff should enter the drop again in mid-July ahead of their five-Test series against England. The first Test starts on August 4.

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