India A vs South Africa A
India A vs South Africa A (Credits: Twitter)

The India A team that is touring South Africa received a Covid-19 scare when two coaches returned positive results in their tests. However, further tests have now confirmed that those were false positives and the match was allowed to go on.

At the moment, India A is playing the third unofficial Test against South Africa A in Bloemfontein. In the tests conducted on Wednesday morning, the players returned negative results but the support staff wasn’t so lucky.

Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari is in good form in South Africa. (Image Credit: Twitter)

On further investigation, the labs confirmed the test as negative, indicating that the initial result was a false positive,” Dr. Shuaib Manjra, the chief medical officer of Cricket South Africa, was quoted as saying to the Indian Express.

Upon receiving the positive result, the coaches were expectedly asked to isolate themselves for 24 hours. They returned to the hotel from the playing field while the players continued with their game on Day 3. There is a strict bio-bubble in place in South Africa due to the emergence of the Omicron variant.

As for the senior team’s tour, the Test squad was announced by the BCCI on Wednesday along with the appointment of Rohit Sharma as the captain of the ODI team. He was also elevated to the position of vice-captain of the Test team.

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There were no surprises in the team apart from the exclusion of injured players – Ravindra Jadeja, Shubman Gill, and Axar Patel. The trio played in the recently concluded 2-match Test series but will not be available to the team when they tour South Africa this month.

India’s Test squad for South Africa tour:

Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Md. Siraj.

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