Rahul Dravid, the head coach of India, will not be traveling to the UAE on Tuesday with the rest of the team for the Asia Cup 2022 because of a positive Covid-19 test. “In a routine test done before the team’s departure to the UAE for the Asia Cup 2022, Team India Head Coach Rahul Dravid tested positive for COVID-19. Dravid is being watched by the BCCI medical staff and just has minor symptoms. When he returns with a negative COVID-19 report, he will join the squad, the BCCI said in a formal statement.

Without Dravid, the cricketers who are now in India are most likely to go to Dubai on Tuesday. Former colleague VVS Laxman took over as temporary coach for the three-match ODI series, which India won 3-0. The former India captain and other support staff members Paras Mhambrey (bowling coach) and Vikram Rahtour (batting coach) were granted a sabbatical from the Zimbabwe ODIs. Although India’s campaign gets off against Pakistan the next day in Dubai, the Asia Cup is set to start on August 27.

However, it is not yet certain if Laxman will fill in for Dravid once again. “We haven’t decided whether VVS will depart from Harare for Dubai or not. In response, a call will be made, and if necessary, he will participate. Paras Mhambrey will be in charge up to that point. All other members are well and went early for UAE “PTI was informed by a BCCI source.

The reigning champions are grouped alongside a qualifier, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in Group B, while Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka make up Group A. India has chosen to play a full-strength team, which many feel is pretty close to what their roster for the T20 World Cup in Australia in a few months may look like, except Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, both of whom are out due to injury.

All eyes will be on Virat Kohli, who is making a comeback after the England ODIs. The West Indies and Zimbabwe trips were postponed for the former captain, who has not been at his best lately.