In a latest update from Manchester- the venue of the fifth and final Test of the ongoing series between India and England- a member of the visiting team's support staff has tested positive for COVID-19. Yogesh Parmar, assistant physiotherapist of Team India, is the person to have contracted the virus. However, the entire Team India squad has undergone another round of testing on Thursday morning and in case any other member is found to have contracted the virus, the series will surely be in jeopardy as the fifth and final Test match is yet to be played.
The recent news of the unnamed member testing positive for COVID-19 was brought to the fore by ESPNcricinfo. Notably, days before, head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar had tested positive for COVID-19 and hence they have been barred from travelling to Manchester and are rather quarantining in London.
5th Test starts on September 10
The fifth and final Test match of the series is set to kick off on Friday. With so less time left in the start of the game, the contest in Manchester might get abandoned, however, the upcoming result of the latest RT-PCR test will decide the futher action.
Talking about the series so far, Virat Kohli and company are currently leading 2-1. After the first game at Trent Bridge ended in a draw, courtesy the rain, India produced a remarkable turnaround in the second Test at Lord’s to gain a 1-0 lead. Joe Root’s men then put up their A game in the third Test at Headingley to win the contest by an innings and 76 runs and level the series 1-1. The fourth game was another thriller as India, despite conceding a lead of 99 runs in the first innings, defeated England by 157 runs. The hosts managed to pick up all the 10 wickets of England on a flat pitch on Day 5 of the game.