Two Team India cricketers have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Test series against England, a report in The Indian Express suggests. However, the identities of the cricketers have not been revealed.
It is believed that one is quarantining at a relative’s place and is expected to join the team later in Durham, while the other has already returned a negative test. Reports suggest that one cricketer experienced a sore throat that led to a COVID test, which came positive.
India cricketers in isolation after teammate tests COVID positive
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The teammates and support staff who came in contact with the player were also kept in isolation for three days, and have completed the period. Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments said both the players were asymptomatic as such and there were minor signs of cough and cold when they were tested for COVID-19.
“Luckily, there is nothing to worry as one of the players has already returned negative since testing positive. The other player will be tested on Sunday and is currently in isolation. He is asymptomatic as well and we are confident that he can join the camp after negative reports,” the source said.
The players will assemble in Durham on July 15 (Thursday).
Meanwhile, the news after rising COVID cases in the UK. The England Cricket Team was also affected by the deadly virus as seven members of the ODI squad testes positive for COVID. As a result, England were forced to field a second-string side against Pakistan.
“We have been mindful that the emergence of the Delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of biosecure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak. We made a strategic choice to try to adapt protocols, in order to support the overall wellbeing of our players and management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions,” Harrison had said.