One of the 23 India cricketers on the ongoing tour of England has tested positive for Covid-19 during the team’s 20-day break and will not be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday.
The news comes in the wake of BCCI secretary Jay Shah recently sending an email to the Indian contingent in the UK warning it about the rising cases of Covid-19. The side is to reassemble at Durham in a bio-bubble ahead of the Test series against England next month.
“Yes, one player has tested positive but he has been in isolation for the last eight days. He was not staying in any hotel with the team, so no other player has been affected. But I can’t divulge the name of the player,” BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla told PTI on Thursday.
“As of now no other player has tested positive. Also you must be aware our secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to all players to maintain protocols,” Shukla added.
“He is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” a BCCI source said.
Shah, in his letter, told the players to avoid crowded places as the Covishield vaccine only provides protection and not full immunity against the virus.
In fact, Shah’s letter had specifically stated that players should avoid going to Wimbledon and the Euro Championships, which recently concluded in the UK.
The Indian team is due to take on England in a five-match Test series starting August 4. It will play a practice game starting July 20 as a build-up to the high-intensity series. The India-England showdown marks the beginning of the second cycle of the World Test Championship.
Recently, the England team too was hit by the virus and was forced to field ab altogether different XI in a limited-overs match against Pakistan.
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