Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, R Sridhar test positive for Covid-19, set to miss 5th Test

On Sunday, Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, and R Sridhar, the Indian team’s head coach, bowling coach, and fielding coach, respectively, reported positive RT-PCR tests for Covid-19. This will prohibit them from attending the fifth and final Test of India’s England tour, which begins on September 10 at Old Trafford. The BCCI medical team was forced to urge the rest of the Indian squad, including the playing XI at The Oval, to undergo RT-PCR tests on Monday morning, with all players testing negative and thus remaining available for the final Test at Old Trafford, which begins on Friday.

Nitin Patel, the team physiotherapist who was identified as Shastri’s first contact along with Arun and Sridhar and was obliged to isolate on Saturday after Shastri returned a positive test, is said to have returned a negative RT-PCR test.

According to UK government regulations, those who return positive RT-PCR tests must isolate for ten days and then return two negative tests, so Shastri, Arun, and Sridhar will be required to remain in London even after the series closes in Manchester.

The England series will be Shastri’s final Test assignment, as his second spell as head coach began after the 2017 Champions Trophy and will end in October-November when the T20 World Cup concludes.

More than one Covid-19-related event has recently occurred among Indian national-team players, and this is the second time Arun has been affected since arriving in England. The first time was in July, when Arun, along with teammates Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran, were placed in quarantine for ten days after being identified as close contacts of Dayanand Garani, a training assistant/net bowler who tested positive for Covid-19 on July 14.