One more member of India’s support staff has tested positive for Covid-19, causing the Indian team’s training session the day before the Test to be cancelled. This could have a major impact on the fifth and final Test of India’s tour of England in Manchester.

The newest positive case was discovered following a new round of testing on Wednesday evening, the team had trained as planned on Wednesday morning. Since then, the entire Indian team has gone through a new round of testing, which began on Thursday morning. The reports are yet to come and the Indian team has been advised to remain in their hotel rooms until further notice.

If there are positive tests among the playing group, it might delay the start of the IPL 2021, which begins on September 19 in the UAE, just five days after the tour of England is slated to end. According to the initial itinerary, the Indian players would depart Manchester for Dubai on September 15. The BCCI met with the Indian team members on Thursday morning, and the board will now consult with the ECB on the next steps.

More than one Covid-19-related event has recently occurred among Indian national-team players, and this is the second time Arun has been afflicted 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.