On Sunday, Indian coach Ravi Shastri refuted claims that he contracted Covid due to a book launch event.
“The whole country [United Kingdom] is open. Anything could have happened from Test One.” Said Ravi Shastri.
From Day Four of the fourth Test at The Oval, Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and physiotherapist Nitin Patel were in isolation. India won by 157 runs.
The issue worsened when assistant physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive on the eve of the Manchester Test, prompting the BCCI and ECB to postpone the match.
“Outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the Old Trafford Test Match,” said the BCCI in a press release on Friday.
According to the rule it states that only those who test positive will be isolated.
Because the players and support personnel are on the road with their families, they were not interested in a bio-bubble. Authorities urged them to obey general social distancing standards when Covid limits were lifted in England. The team must, however, undergo an RT-PCR test every fifth day as a precaution.
Bowling coach Arun had to spend ten days in isolation when wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant tested positive before the first Test. Shastri had then tweeted: “My right hand back in the house. Looking fitter and stronger after being in isolation for 10 days even though testing negative all the way. Bloody frustrating these isolation rules. 2 jabs of the vaccine has to be trusted.”
Shastri will then follow the Indian squad to the UAE for the T20 World Cup, which will take place from October 17 to November 14.