Indian player tested positive in UK, BCCI secretary Jay Shah sends team reminder | Cricket News

MUMBAI: One of 23 Indian cricketers on the current England tour tested positive for COVID-19 during the 20-day break and will not travel with the team to Durham on Thursday.
While the UK tour group is low-key about the player’s name, it is understood that he has been plagued by the Delta variant, leading to an increase in the number of cases there.
The news comes following the recent sending by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah of an email to the Indian contingent in the UK warning them of the increase in COVID-19 cases. The team are due to assemble in Durham in a bio-bubble ahead of the Test Series against England next month.
The Indian team will leave London on Thursday and head to Durham, two and a half hours from Trent Bridge, the site of the first test match against England, to play the two warm-up matches. The first is a scheduled four-day game against a County Combined XI starting July 20, followed by an intra-squad game last week.
On July 30, the Indian team will travel to Nottingham.
Indian cricketers – who had received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in India before flying away – also received their second dose in the UK earlier this month.
Given the recent spate of Covid cases in England, team members have stayed away from the Euro 2020 final at Wembley and the Wimbledon final on Sunday. Despite having tickets to the England-Italy game, the team decided to watch the game from within the confines of the team’s hotel.
A good reason to do so is also because of an email Shah sent to team members last week, asking them to ensure that all Covid-related protocols are followed and that places are overcrowded. are avoided at all costs.
“I hope you and your family members are doing well and enjoying the three week break before the tour starts. I have been briefed on the current coronavirus situation in the UK.
“As the vaccination campaign continues at full speed, there has been a sharp increase in the number of positive cases recorded daily.
“BCCI’s excellent working relationship with the ECB has enabled us to administer a second dose of the vaccine to you and your family members,” Shah wrote.
However, he added in the letter that while the vaccine enhances the “fighting ability” against the virus, it does not guarantee full immunity or full resistance.
“In fact, the new variant is spreading fast and we are not out of the danger zone. You may know that the ECB was forced to field another team to play against Pakistan and even the ball streak. white ball between India and Sri Lanka white ball had to be postponed.
“In view of this, it is advisable to avoid mass gathering places, crowded malls / stores, restaurants and water points in the best interest of all,” Shah wrote.
Follow the protocols, the players said
BCCI asked the team to “understand the gravity of the situation, follow protocols and stay in the team environment, which is more controlled.”
“Also, barring the unfortunate injury of Shubhman (Gill), the remaining 23 members are available for selection which is a good sign. What is also nice is how Abhimanyu Easwaran is finding his feet within the squad. He will be hitting the net from the next day and we will know a little more about him from a standpoint of this series ”, say those who follow the developments.

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