India cancel training session ahead of fifth Test against England following ANOTHER positive test among their staff after coach Ravi Shastri picked up the virus… but Jos Buttler says the team ‘fully expect’ match to go ahead
- India scrapped training on Thursday after staff member tested positive for Covid
- It comes after coach Ravi Shastri’s positive test forced three others to isolate
- They face England at Old Trafford on Friday in the fifth Test of their series
India have been forced to cancel Thursday’s training session after another member of their coaching staff tested positive for Covid – just days after head coach Ravi Shastri was confirmed as having the virus.
The team are set to take on England in the fifth Test of the series, which they lead 2-1, at the Emirates Old Trafford on Friday, but there will be concerns of an outbreak after players were told to stay in their rooms ahead of extra tests to ensure it is contained, according to the BBC.
Shastri’s positive test saw three other coaches begin a period of isolation as a precaution – bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar and physio Nitin Patel – after the head coach had attended a lunch with captain Virat Kohli and other members of the squad.
India have recorded another positive Covid test among their coaching staff ahead of their fifth Test against England on Friday
It comes after head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive for the virus on Sunday
Sportsmail reported this week that the Indian team did not seek dispensation from the ECB to take part in the event at the St James’ Court hotel in Victoria on Tuesday night.
One guest said: ‘It was horrid. No one wore masks, apart from waiting staff. It left me feeling very uncomfortable. Everyone there went over to Shastri to meet him.’
The ECB are understood to be bemused that the tourists chose to put themselves in such a vulnerable position, with London recording over 21,000 positive Covid cases last week.
Sourav Ganguly, chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket said there was a possibility the match would now not go ahead following the additional positive test, as reported by agency PTI.
England’s Jos Buttler says the team are still ‘fully expecting’ the game to go ahead as planned
‘We don’t know if the match will happen at the moment,’ he said. ‘Hopefully we can get some game.’
England’s Jos Buttler was more optimistic over the fate of the game, however, saying the team ‘fully expected’ it to go ahead and said they were prepared on their end.
‘At present we’re fully expecting the game to go ahead and we’re preparing to play tomorrow. Fingers crossed the game will go ahead,’ he said.
‘We don’t know too much to be honest. It would be naive to speculate too much on stuff I don’t know about. Things are all fine in our camp. We trained well this morning so, yeah, we’re hopefully all looking forward to the game again tomorrow.’
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