The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) won the all-clear at the fifth Test between England and In the played on September 10ste at the Old Trafford site in Manchester, after all the Indian players delivered Covid-19 negative tests.
Over the above encounter, a dark cloud emerged as the assistant physiotherapist of the Indian group, Yogesh Parmar, tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday night. This led to the English and Welsh Cricket Board canceling India’s training sessions on Thursday and asking the players to stay in their hotel rooms while they and BCCI discuss the way forward.
It should be mentioned here that Ravi Shastri, head coach of India, tested positive for the deadly virus before the start of the fourth Test match at the Oval and his close contacts, bowling coach Bharat Arun, field coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel had to be isolated.
Later, everyone also tested positive for COVID and will now have to undergo a 10-day quarantine and return two negative RT-PCR tests before they can go home.
All the PCR tests of the Indian players are negative and the Old Trafford test is progressing as planned: ECB
According to reports, all Indian cricketers have tested negative for coronavirus, and from now on both the cricket boards – ECB and BCCI – have agreed to continue the match. The team from India all got negative PCR results, reports ESPNCricinfo.
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that England and Wales’ Cricket Board (ECB) had asked the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to forfeit the match if it was canceled. But the BCCI insisted that the match continue if the players tested negative.
It was also said that both the Indian physios were now in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, the BCCI requested the ECB to save a physio for them. Parmar take on Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, who both sustained injuries, while Pujara twists his ankle and Rohit complains of pain in the knee.
The series is in favor of the visitors as India are 2-1 ahead while England have to win the last Test to level the series, otherwise a draw or a win in India will ensure India take home the Pataudi trophy bring and also register their first Test Series win since 2007 in England.