The India-England LV=Insurance Test is in doubt after Team India’s support staff turned positive for Covid-19. After three members of the coaching staff turned positive ahead of the last Test including coach Ravi Shastri, another member turned positive.
Batting Coach Vikram Rathour was the only one present in the Oval dressing room. Yogesh Parmar the other physio who has now turned positive has put the final test in doubt. Though none of the players turned out positive yet, though further breach of virus cannot be ruled out.
The team was in close contact with the support staff throughout the last test. Following the positive result in coaches, the whole team went into the RT-PCR test. The squad member who tested positive on Thursday was earlier negative.
It is also learnt that after talking with the team, BCCI isn’t keen on going ahead with the test. With the start of IPL from September 19, they did not want the tournament to be impacted. Team India’s training session on Thursday was also called off and advised to stay in their rooms.
India and England play the final Test tomorrow at Old Trafford but with the breakout of infection, the match could be called off. Or, Team India would have to take a physio from England’s camp, as both the physios are now positive.
India has taken a 2-1 lead in the series after crushing England by 157 runs on the final day at the Oval. The next Test is the only match left for England to take redemption and saving the series.