Don't know if match will happen': Sourav Ganguly ahead of fifth Test as COVID grips Team India
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that the board is not aware whether the fifth and final Test match between India and England will take place or not. Sourav Ganguly's statement came after the Indian junior physio Yogesh Parmar test positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
"We don't know if the match will happen at this moment. Hopefully, we can get some game," BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said as quoted by news agency PTI. India and England are scheduled to play the last Test Match of the series from Friday in Manchester. India leads the five-match series 2-1.
After head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharath Arun, another member of the support staff testing positive forced the team to cancel its practice session on Thursday. The RT-PCR test reports of the players are still awaited.
Parmar testing positive also leaves the team without a physio with the main physio Nitin Patel already in isolation after Shastri contracted the virus during the Oval Test. It is learnt that the BCCI has asked England and Wales Cricket Board to spare a physio.
"The results of the RT-PCR tests (of players) are expected later in the day depending on which the fate of the game will be decided," said a BCCI source. The players have been told to remain in their respective rooms as RT-PCR testing is being carried out.
Besides Shastri and Patel, fielding coach R Sridhar and Arun are also isolating in London. Only batting coach Vikram Rathour was with the team when it won the fourth Test at the Oval on day five.
All the players and the support staff are fully vaccinated but both teams are not operating in strict bio-bubbles with life in UK almost back to normal.
Shastri is likely to have got the symptoms after attending the launch of his book in the team hotel where outside guests were also allowed. Arun, Patel and Sridhar attended that function in person.
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