Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri and his colleagues at the support staff, Bharat Arun, and field coach, R Sridhar, can return to India on Wednesday, provided they have two negative RT-PCR reports before their departure date.
Ravi Shastri tested COVID-19 positively ahead of the fourth Test between England and India played at the Oval on 2 Septembernd. This led to his close contacts B Arun, R Sridhar and physio Nitin Patel being isolated as precautionary measures, and later all were also tested positive for the virus.
Although the fourth Test went well, India won by 157 runs and took a 2-1 lead in the series, the subsequent fifth Test match, which was to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester, was canceled after the Indian players would not accept it. the field, as their second physiotherapy Yogesh Parmar tested COVID-positive 2 days before the match, and although they tested negative in RT-PCR tests, they were afraid of a possible infection during the match.
Ravi Shastri, R Sridhar and Bharat Arun are doing physically well and are mostly asymptomatic
Shastri, who tested positive for COVID-19 before the fourth Test at the Oval, has been in quarantine since September 4 and is expected to complete his 10-day isolation period with Arun and Sridhar on Monday.
But before packing their bags to return to India, the trio must have three negative RT-PCR reports and are expected to join a much tighter bio-bubble in Dubai, after the Indian team rallied for the T20 World Cup campaign .
‘Ravi, Sridhar and Arun are doing well physically and are mostly asymptomatic. They will take their RT-PCR test on Monday, and if all goes well, they can fly on the original departure date, which is September 15th. The last call will be taken by the medical team, “ a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The other support staff will fly a commercial flight via Dubai on Monday afternoon. But assistant physiologist Yogesh Parmar, who tested positive on September 8, will have to stay in isolation for a few more days before he can fly home.