Team India head coach Ravi Shastri and his support staff colleagues bowling coach Bharat Arun, and fielding coach R Sridhar will be free to return to India on Wednesday provided they have two negative RT-PCR reports prior to their departure date.
Ravi Shastri had tested COVID-19 positive before the fourth Test between England and India which was played at the Oval from September 2nd. This had led to his close contacts B Arun, R Sridhar, and physio Nitin Patel were isolated as precautions and later all of them tested positive for the virus as well.
Though the fourth Test went well as planned with India winning by 157 runs and going 2-1 up in the series, the subsequent fifth Test match, which was to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester, was canceled after Indian players’ apprehension of taking the field as their second physio Yogesh Parmar had tested COVID positive 2 days before the match and though they tested negative in RT-PCR tests, they feared a possible infection during the match.
Ravi Shastri, R Sridhar And Bharat Arun Doing Well Physically And Are Mostly Asymptomatic
Shastri, who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the fourth Test at the Oval, has been in quarantine since September 4 and is expected to complete his 10-day isolation period along with Arun and Sridhar on Monday.
But before packing their bags to return to India, the trio must have negative RT-PCR reports and are expected to join a much stricter bio-bubble in Dubai, post IPL when the Indian team assembles for the T20 World Cup campaign.
“Ravi, Sridhar and Arun are all doing well physically and are mostly asymptomatic. They will take their RT-PCR test on Monday and if all goes well, they can fly out on the original date of departure, that is September 15. The final call will be taken by the medical team,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The other support staff members will be flying out on Monday afternoon by commercial flight via Dubai. But assistant physio Yogesh Parmar who tested positive on September 8, will have to remain in isolation for a few more days before he is able to fly back home.