India head coach Ravi Shastri tests positive for Covid-19

India head coach Ravi Shastri tests positive for Covid-19 and is forced to isolate alongside three other members of backroom staff as fourth Test with England at The Oval goes on

  • India coach Ravi Shastri returned the positive Covid test on Saturday evening
  • He is now awaiting the results of a PCR test and did not travel to The Oval
  • India’s bowling coach, fielding coach and physio also isolating as a precaution
  • Remainder of Indian party returned negative results in two lateral flow tests 

India head coach Ravi Shastri has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating alongside three other members of the backroom team.

Shastri returned a positive lateral flow test on Saturday evening – day three of the ongoing LV= Insurance Test at the Kia Oval – and has not travelled to the ground for day four.

He is now awaiting the results of a PCR test, alongside bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel.

India head coach Ravi Shastri has tested positive for Covid-19 and has entered isolation 

Shastri speaks to Cheteshwar Pujara ahead of the start of the fourth Test at The Oval 

The remainder of the squad were cleared to report for duty after two separate lateral flow tests, one on Saturday night and one on Sunday morning.

A statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India read: ‘The BCCI Medical Team has isolated Mr Ravi Shastri, Head Coach, Mr B. Arun, Bowling Coach, Mr R. Sridhar, Fielding Coach and Mr Nitin Patel, Physiotherapist as a precautionary measure after Mr Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive last evening.

Bowling coach Bharat Arun (right), speaking with captain Virat Kohli (left) before the second Test last month, has also entered isolation as a precaution 

‘They have undergone RT-PCR testing and shall remain in the team hotel and not travel with Team India until confirmation from the medical team.’

The England and Wales Cricket Board are aware of the situation and have been approached for comment. 

The PA news agency understands the only interactions between the sides have been on the field of play, with no shared areas at the ground and separate hotel arrangements.




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