Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri tests COVID +ve

Ravi Shastri

LONDON: Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri has tested positive for COVID-19, following which he was put in isolation, officials said Sunday.

According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Shastri, along with three support staff he had been in close contact with have been kept in isolation.

"The BCCI medical team has isolated Ravi Shastri, head coach, B Arun, bowling coach, R Sridhar, fielding coach, and Nitin Patel, physiotherapist, as a precautionary measure after Shastri's lateral flow test returned positive last evening," BCCI said in a statement. "They have undergone reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing and shall remain in the team hotel and not travel with team India until confirmation from the medical team."

The Indian cricket team is currently on an England tour playing a five-match Test series.

"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-19 reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test at The Oval," the statement further said.

Reports said England team members have been staying in different hotels from their Indian counterparts and the only interaction the teams have had has been on the field of play.