India cricketers test negative for Covid-19, 5th Test Old at Trafford likely to go ahead

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The
entire
Indian
group
had
to
undergo
RT-PCR
tests
after
assistant
physio
Yogesh
Parmar
tested
positive
for
COVID-19
on
Thursday
(September
9).

The
Indians
had
already
lost
their
head
physio
Nitin
Patel,
who
is
currently
in
isolation
after
testing
positive
along
with
head
coach
Ravi
Shastri
and
bowling
coach
Bharath
Arun
in
London.
The
fielding
coach
R
Sridhar
too
is
in
isolation
while
batting
coach
Vikram
Rathour
has
taken
over
as
acting
coach
for
the
time
being.

“All
the
players
have
returned
with
negative
test,”
a
senior
BCCI
official
told
PTI.
While
chances
have
increased
of
the
Test
match
happening,
sources
are
also
saying
that
at
least
one
senior
Indian
player
doesn’t
want
to
take
the
field
as
he
fears
someone
might
test
positive
while
playing
the
game.

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The
BCCI
is
trying
to
persuade
that
particular
senior
cricketer,
whose
family
is
also
against
him
playing
the
game,
according
to
a
source.
More
clarity
on
the
issue
will
come
out
as
the
hours
progress
towards
the
Old
Trafford
Test.

Earlier,
there
was
massive
ucertainty
over
the
fifth
and
final
Test
at
Manchester
after
Parmar
was
tested
positive.
The
anxiety
was
created
because
in
the
absence
of
senior
physio
Nitin
Patel,
Parmar
was
in
close
proximity
with
several
Indian
players
over
the
last
few
days
assisting
in
their
recovery
like
Rohit
Sharma
and
Cheteshwar
Pujara.

Both
Rohit
and
Pujara
were
copping
injuries
to
their
legs
they
sustained
during
the
fourth
Test
at
the
Oval
but
they
have
been
cleared
to
play
the
fifth
Test.

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India
are
leading
the
series
2-1
at
this
juncture
after
winning
the
Oval
Test
by
157
runs.

The
Board
of
Control
for
Cricket
in
India
(BCCI)
top
brass
have
been
in
constant
touch
with
their
counterparts
in
the
England
and
Wales
Cricket
Board
(ECB)
since
Parmar’s
new
broke.

The
BCCI,
it
is
learnt
that,
offered
the
option
of
abandoning
the
fifth
Test
at
the
risk
invoking
the
claims
of
lost
revenue
from
the
broadcasters
and
the
venue
management,
in
this
case
the
Old
Trafford
cricket
ground
managed
by
Lancashire.

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However,
the
ECB
was
not
ready
to
abandon
the
Test
and
insisted
it
would
be
considered
as
a
forfeiture
by
Inda.
And
that
would
have
given
England
a
series-squaring
win
even
without
stepping
on
to
the
field.

The
BCCI
was
very
keen
to
avoid
such
a
scenario
and
the
senior
players
and
the
team
management
left
the
decision
to
the
BCCI,
even
though
some
of
them
aired
their
concerns
during
the
virtual
meeting
that
included
skipper
Virat
Kohli,
BCCI
officials
and
coach
Shastri.

However,
it
may
recalled
that
the
World
Test
Championshiop
rules
allowes
for
abandonment
of
a
Test
in
the
event
of
a
Covid-19
outbreak
within
one
of
the
playing
teams.
In
that
case,
it
will
not
be
considered
as
a
forfeiture
and
the
teams
will
not
lose
points
either.

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The
Test
series
between
India
and
England
is
part
of
the
WTC
cycle
2021-22.

  • India
    vs
    England:
    Sourav
    Ganguly
    unsure
    about
    fifth
    Test
    going
    ahead
  • India
    vs
    England:
    We
    are
    expecting
    the
    final
    Test
    to
    go
    ahead:
    Buttler
  • India
    physio
    COVID-19
    positive,
    5th
    Test
    at
    Old
    Trafford,
    IPL
    2021
    resumption
    under
    threat
  • India
    vs
    England:
    Shami
    fit
    to
    play
    in
    Manchester;
    medical
    team
    monitoring
    Rohit,
    Pujara
  • Root
    and
    England
    to
    weigh
    risk
    of
    playing
    Anderson
    and
    Robinson
    in
    must-win
    final
    Test
  • Long
    live
    Test
    cricket
    while
    we’ve
    Virat
    Kohli:
    Shane
    Warne
  • India
    to
    tour
    England
    for
    3
    ODIs,
    3
    T20Is
    in
    July
    2022;
    Find
    dates
    and
    venues
  • ICC
    Test
    Rankings:
    Shardul
    Thakur,
    Jasprit
    Bumrah
    climb,
    Rohit
    Sharma
    widens
    gap
    over
    Virat
    Kohli
  • India
    vs
    England
    5th
    Test:
    Manchester
    weather
    forecast,
    pitch
    report,
    head
    to
    head
    at
    Old
    Trafford,
    prediction
  • Virat
    Kohli
    is
    a
    great
    character,
    his
    critics
    are
    too
    boring:
    Vaughan
    defends
    high-energy
    India
    captain
  • Ajinkya
    Rahane’s
    performance
    in
    2021:
    Sanjay
    Manjrekar
    suggests
    Team
    India
    to
    ‘try
    guys
    waiting
    in
    the
    wings’
  • India
    laid
    bare
    England’s
    deficiencies:
    Former
    skipper
    Vaughan

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