In what comes as a relief for team India, all the eight members of the team, who were found to be in close contact with all-rounder Krunal Pandya, have tested negative for COVID-19 in the freshly conducted RT-PCR tests. Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday (JULY 27), which led to the postponement of the second T20I of the ongoing three-match T20I series between India and Sri Lanka.
“The Medical Teams have identified eight members as close contacts. The entire contingent is undergoing RT-PCR tests today to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad,” BCCI informed in an official statement on Tuesday.
Krunal Pandya tested positive in both the antigen as well RT-PCR tests after he complained of a sore throat on Tuesday morning. Consequently, he was ruled out of the remaining series. The entire cohort was directed to undergo isolation after Pandya’s results came out.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did not release the names of the eight members, however, as per reports, two of them are believed to be batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav. Both players have been picked up for India versus England five-match Pataudi Trophy commencing on August 4, and it is yet to be decided whether the players will get to join the Indian squad in England, given the current developments.
The development poses to be a setback for the team and a blessing in disguise for the hosts as all the eight members, though returned a negative result, would not be involved in the final two matches of the T20I series. However, it is not clear how the eight contacts will need to remain under isolation. All the members have been segregated from the squad and will go another rounder of RT-PCR tests.
The remaining two matches of Sri Lanka vs India T20I series will take place on July 28 and July 29 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.