Final India vs England Test hit by Covid concerns as another staff member tests positive

By Matthew Cooper

With the final Test between England and India at Old Trafford due to get underway on Friday, the India camp has been rocked by another reported positive coronavirus test.

During the fourth Test at The Oval, which India won by 157 runs, their head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive for the virus.

He was immediately placed into isolation along with three members of his backroom team, two of which subsequently also tested positive.

It has already been confirmed that Shastri, along with bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar will miss the final Test as they have had to remain in London to complete their mandatory 10-day isolation periods.

There has been another positive coronavirus test within the India camp on the eve of their final Test against England (Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Now, according to a report from ESPNcricinfo, another member of India's support staff has tested positive for the virus.

As a result, India's training session has been cancelled for the day and the players have been asked to remain in their hotel rooms.

The squad is understood to have undergone a round of Covid testing on Thursday morning and they are currently awaiting the results.

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Following Shastri's positive Test, the entire Indian playing squad returned negative PCR tests.

The latest development does throw the fifth Test into doubt and whether it goes ahead will likely depend on the results of the latest round of Covid testing showing that there is not a major outbreak within the India camp.

India have been hit with a number of Covid scares in recent months, with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant testing positive before the start of the series.

It comes after India's head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive for the virus midway through the fourth Test (Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Then, training assistant and net bowler Dayanand Garani also tested positive for Covid, forcing him into quarantine for 10 days along with three close contacts, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, opener Abhimanyu Easwaran and Bharat Arun.

As India were touring England, a separate Indian side was in Sri Lanka for an ODI and T20I series, where Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnappa Gowtham all tested positive for Covid.


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