ENG v IND 2021: Ravi Shastri’s lateral flow test returns positive; three other support staff members in isolation

The Indian team came to the Oval ground without their main support staff members on day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test against England. This was due to India head coach Ravi Shastri’s lateral flow test coming positive for the COVID-19 virus on Saturday evening in London.

This has resulted in him, along with three other support staff members including bowling coach B Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel being put into isolation for precautionary measures.

The BCCI Medical Team has isolated Mr Ravi Shastri, Head Coach, Mr B. Arun, Bowling Coach, Mr R. Sridhar, Fielding Coach and Mr Nitin Patel, Physiotherapist as a precautionary measure after Mr Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive last evening. They have undergone RT-PCR testing and shall remain in the team hotel and not travel with Team India until confirmation from the medical team,” a BCCI statement said.

The remaining members of the Team India contingent underwent two Lateral Flow Tests – one last night and another this morning. The members upon returning negative COVID reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test at The Oval,” the statement read further.

India resumed on day 4 on 270/3 with Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease.