Saturday, 28 January 2023

Ravi Shastri, head coach of India test Covid Positive

Ravi Shastri, head coach of India test Covid Positive

Ravi Shastri, TEAM INDIA coach, has gone into isolation and will undergo quarantine for 14 days after testing Covid positive on Saturday during the fourth Test against England at Oval. The result effectively rules out Shastri’s presence in the dressing room for the rest of the Test series, with the fifth and final match to be held from September 10 to 14.

Three other support staff members, also been tagged as “close contacts” of the coach since they dined together Friday, will also be isolated and need to clear three tests before rejoining the squad.

Jay Shah, BCCI secretary, said on Sunday that

The Board’s medical team has isolated bowling coach B Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physio Nitin Patel.

“As a precautionary measure after Shastri’s tests return positive report.”

The statement said.

“They have undergone through RT-PCR test and shall remain in a team hotel and will not travel with Team India squad until further confirmation from medical team. The remaining members of a Team India contingent underwent two lateral flow tests — one last night and another this morning. The members upon returning negative Covid reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test at The Oval,”

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The lateral flow test is a rapid diagnostic test for those without symptoms.

All team members have been vaccinating, and, unlike IPL, the side isn’t part of a bio-bubble during this tour.

Sources said that before the first Test, the team management had discussed whether a bio-bubble should be enforcing before deciding that rules set by the England board would be following only those who test positive will undergo isolation.

The players and support staff were not keen on a bio-bubble with their families on tour. With Covid curbs eased in England, they were told to follow general social distancing norms. However, as a precaution, the team has to undergo an RT-PCR test every fifth day.

Incidentally, on the eve of the fourth Test, Shastri attended a function at a London hotel to launch his book ‘Stargazing: The Players In My Life.’

Earlier, when wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant had tested positive before the first Test, bowling coach Arun had to undergo ten days of isolation. Shastri had then tweeted:

“My right hand back in the house. Looking fitter and stronger after being in isolation for 10 days even though testing negative all the way. Bloody frustrating these isolation rules. 2 jabs of the vaccine has to be trusted.”

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