BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Unsure Of 5th Test Going Ahead In Manchester
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Unsure Of 5th Test Going Ahead In Manchester

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has expressed a lack of clarity at the moment regarding the proceedings in Manchester, the venue of the fifth Test between India and England starting Friday, in concern with another member of the support staff – assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar – returning a positive test for Covid-19 on Wednesday

The team had trained on Wednesday morning. It has been reported that Parmar experienced covid symptoms on Wednesday after returning from training. The concerning factor is that Parmar had been in direct contact with several players.

India’s training session on Thursday was cancelled and the players have been asked to stay in their hotel rooms.

Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli
Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli. Image-Twitter

The BCCI boss is uncertain about whether the fifth Test will go ahead as planned or not.

“We don’t know if match will happen at this moment,” Sourav Ganguly told PTI on Thursday.

At the time of writing, no official statement has been made by either the ECB or the BCCI.

Fifth Test between India and England likely to be called off:

The stakeholders are now worried about the health of the players. Sources close to the proceedings have stated that the fifth Test might be suspended as players could have been infected with the virus and may test positive later on.

A source who is privy to the developments in Manchester told TOI earlier today: “The way we see it, there’s no choice but to call off the series. But all stakeholders must be on board with this decision. It’s got to be a collective decision. So, until everybody is on the same page, we can’t really say much.

“So, immediate testing may not mean anything. The only way is to put players in quarantine and test them daily over the next one week.”

India cricket team.
India cricket team. Credits: BCCI
Parmar is the second physiotherapist in India’s medical team. He took responsibility midway through the fourth Test after lead physio Nitin Patel was placed in isolation as he was deemed a close contact of Ravi Shastri, who along with bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar had tested positive for Covid-19, and are currently in isolation in London.

Until now, at the time of writing, no player is reported to have contracted the virus. However, if anyone does, it would render them unavailable for the fifth test and initial games of the second half of the IPL 2021, which starts from September 19 – anyone who tests positive have to undergo 10 days of isolation in England.

Virat Kohli’s side won the fourth Test at The Oval by 157 runs and are leading the series 2-1.

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