One of the 23 Indian Cricketers in the ongoing England tour has tested positive for COVID-19 during the 20-day break. The player who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be traveling to Durham with other members of the Indian team.
The news came into the limelight after the BCCI secretary Jay Shah recently send an email to the Indian contingent in the UK warning them about the rising COVID-19 cases. The Indian team is scheduled to reassemble at Durham in the bio-bubble ahead of the Test series against England next month.
“Yes, one of the players has tested positive although he is largely asymptomatic currently. He is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be traveling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The Indian touring Contingent in London hasn’t revealed the name of the player that has tested positive for COVID-19. However, the player who tested positive will not be traveling to Durham, where the Indian team is scheduled to assemble on Thursday afternoon and prepare for a three-day warm-up game against a County Championship team scheduled from July 20. It is obvious that the player has been affected by the Delta variant of coronavirus which has led to rising COVID-19 cases in the UK.
The National Health Service in England, which has been conducting the tests on the Indian players, will notify the name of the infected player soon. As per the reports, the players are being tested for COVID-19 & will be tested multiple times during their camp in Durham. The first round of tests was conducted on July 10 & the second round of tests was conducted on July 14 and it is obvious that the Indian player tested positive for COVID-19 after the first round of tests.
In the letter which Shah has sent to the Indian team, he has directed the Indian touring contingent to avoid going to crowded places as Covishield only provides protection not full immunity against COVID-019. Shah had specified in his letter that the players should avoid going to crowded places such as Wimbledon and Euro Championships, which recently concluded in the UK.
Recently there has been a sudden spike in the COVID-19 cases in the UK. The England national team had to undergo seven days of quarantine after seven players of the squad have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
The players who have tested positive for COVID-19 have raised concerns about the ENG vs IND test series. The Indian team is scheduled to lock horns with the England team in a five-match test series starting from August 4 in Trent Bridge at Nottingham.