After four players from the Indian cricket team tested positive for COVID-19, the BCCI has released a statement that confirms the inclusion of Mayank Agrawal in the squad for the limited-overs matches against West Indies that start on February 6.

In a report published by Hindustan Times, the statement reads, “After seven individuals, including three players from Team India (Senior Men), tested positive for COVID-19 following three rounds of RT-PCR testing, the All-India Senior Selection Committee has added Mayank Agarwal to India’s ODI team. For the next three-match ODI and T20I series against the West Indies, the members were instructed to report to Ahmedabad on January 31, 2022. Before leaving for Ahmedabad, each member was required to do an RT-PCR test at home, and travel was only permitted if the results were negative.”

“The RT-PCR tests were done on Monday (January 31st) on opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and quick bowler Navdeep Saini (standby player) both came out positive. The RT-PCR tests were done on Monday (January 31st) on Fielding Coach T. Dilip and Security Liaison Officer B. Lokesh yielded favourable results”.

“The RT-PCR test was done on Ruturaj Gaikwad on Tuesday (February 1st) yielded a positive result. On Monday, he tested negative in the first round of tests. The RT-PCR tests done on Wednesday (February 2nd) on Shreyas Iyer and Sports Massage Therapist Rajeev Kumar yielded positive findings. In the first two rounds of testing, both had come back negative”, the statement concluded.