Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has contracted COVID-19 during India's ongoing tour of England. While his lateral flow test had returned positive earlier, his RT-PCR test also returned with a positive result and he will now have to undergo 10 days of isolation. Meanwhile, the other three support staff members Bharat Arun, Nitin Patel and R Sridhar who were deemed as close contacts of Shastri and had already been advised isolation and will continue their quarantine. The results of their tests are yet to be disclosed.
Notably, while Shastri's lateral flow test for COVID-19 had returned positive on September 4 evening, the players were allowed to travel to the Oval since they all returned negative results. However, the other members of the support staff had isolated themselves.
Shastri has mild symptoms but is vaccinated
It is being learned that Shastri has mild symptoms like sore throat and is isolating at the moment. However, the big positive is that he has received both doses of vaccine and this is likely to remain a mild infection. It is being speculated that the 59-year-old might have contracted the virus after attending the launch of his book in the team hotel where outside guests were also allowed. Furthermore, Bharat Arun, Nitin Patel and Sridhar had also attended the launch in person.
“After testing positive in two lateral flow test, Shastri has also returned a positive result in RT-PCR test. He has mild symptoms like sore throat. He will undergo 10 days of isolation,” a BCCI source stated as per India TV.
Shastri and others set to miss Manchester Test
The mandatory 10-day quarantine implies Shastri will play no further role in the ongoing series against England, the final Test match of which is set to commence in Manchester from September 10. He will have to return two negative tests post the completion of his isolation before he can travel back home. The other support staff member may also have to miss out on the final Test.
Shastri's next assignment with the national team is the ICC T20 World Cup post the IPL in UAE. While Team India have had a decent run under him, the Men in Blue have failed to clinch a single ICC trophy during his reign.