Shastri and support staff team may depart from UK on Wednesday if RT-PCR results are negative

If they have two negative RT-PCR reports prior to their departure date, India head coach Ravi Shastri and his support staff colleagues Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are expected to leave for India on Wednesday.

Shastri has been in quarantine since September 4 after testing positive for COVID-19 prior to the fourth Test at the Oval. They are expected to finish their 10-day isolation period on Monday. The trio, though, must have negative RT-PCR results before leaving the UK for India, and they are anticipated to join a tougher bio-bubble in Dubai following the IPL, when the Indian team assembles for the T20 World Cup campaign.

Despite testing positive for coronavirus following the occasion, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has justified his attendance at a book launch. “The United Kingdom as a whole is open. Anything might have occurred from Test One,” the Indian coach claimed.

Meanwhile, the contingent’s other support staff members will depart on a commercial flight via Dubai on Monday afternoon. Yogesh Parmar, a junior physiotherapist who tested positive on September 8, will have to stay in isolation for a few more days before flying home. Virat Kohli refused to field his team if further cases were apprehended during the incubation period, hence the fifth Test between India and England at Old Trafford was cancelled.

The solo Test will most likely take place in July of next year, but the ECB has already addressed the ICC to request that the Dispute Resolution Committee make a swift judgement on the matter. COVID-19 is a permissible non-compliance, and the Indian camp announced that it would be unable to field a team for the match.

If the ICC deems it as a Test abandoned due to COVID-19, India will win the series 2-1; otherwise, a forfeiture will leave the series tied at 2-2 and England will be able to make a successful claim to the insurance company for a GBP 40 million loss payout.