India vs England 5th Test to go ahead with negative Indian players in RT-PCR test
New Delhi : The fifth and final Test match of India vs England series will be held as per schedule starting today with all the Indian players testing negative for fresh RT-PCR Covid tests. There were concerns of calling off the final Test after one of the staffers had tested COVID-19 positive, BCCI secretary Jay Shah was of the view that the Indian team should play the Manchester Test after all the test results of the players came back negative, according to a Times of India report.
According to the news report, the fresh RT-PCR tests were conducted around 5:30 pm UK time which is 10 pm IST. India are currently leading the series 2-1 after convincingly winning the Oval Test.
Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board has also given a green signal to the match as the BBC Test Match Special tweeted a statement from the board. “The ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) say that all the India players PCR COVID Tests have come back negative and the Old Trafford Test goes ahead as planned,” the tweet read.
It is to be noted that with Parmar testing positive for Covid, India are left without a physio as the main physio Nitin Patel is already in isolation after head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun contracted the virus during the Oval Test.