According to the latest reports, it can be concluded that the tour game between India and Leicestershire would be canceled as some of the members of the Indian team could be carrying the virus. As per a report in the Times of India, Virat Kohli was infected with Covid after landing in the UK, but he has now recovered. It would be unfortunate if Kohli had to miss the Test against England as he is a crucial cog of the Indian team. There is still time for the Test and reports suggest Kohli has recovered.
One of the sources of TOI said, “Yes, Virat Kohli was also affected by Covid after coming back from his Maldives vacation,” a source told this newspaper. This now means that India’s tour game against Leicestershire from June 24 won’t be as intense as coach Rahul Dravid wanted it to be, since the medical advice is to not overload the players after they’ve suffered Covid-19. There could be more Covid cases in the team.”
Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin did not board the flight to the UK after testing positive for Covid. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer, Arun Dhumal, has advised the players to take all precautions they can as the board doesn’t want a similar situation like the one that took place last time, forcing the board to call off the 5th and final Test of the series.
During a chat with InsideSport, BCCI treasurer, Arun Dhumal said, “The Covid threat is reduced in the UK. But still players should be more careful. We will ask the team to be a little careful.”
The rescheduled fifth Test between India and England will get underway from July 1 to 5 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. India is currently leading the five-match series against England 2-1 before the fifth and final Test at Old Trafford, that is scheduled to be commencing on September 10 last year, was postponed abruptly due to a fear of a Covid-19 outbreak in the visiting party.
Meanwhile, head coach Rahul Dravid, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer left for England from Bengaluru after participating in the five-match T20I series against South Africa, which ended in a 2-2 draw.