India vs West Indies: Mayank Agarwal added to India ODI squad after 7 COVID Positive Cases. Check COMPLETE Details
Updated on: Feb 3, 2022 12:55 am IST
India vs West Indies: In a big breaking news development, Mayank Agarwal has been added in the India ODI squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies. This update comes after as many as 7 members of the Team India camp have tested positive for Covid-19 which includes the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Navdeep Saini who was a standby player. India is scheduled to play three ODI matches and as many T20I games against West Indies starting with the first ODI on 6 February in Ahmedabad.
Mayank Agarwal added to India ODI squad after 7 COVID Positive Cases ahead of IND vs WI ODIs
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) press release states that a total of 7 members of the India contingent that includes three players have tested positive for COVID-19 during the mandatory 3-day quarantine period. The All-India Senior Selection Committee have now added Mayank Agarwal to the India ODI squad as the replacement player. The BCCI medical team is monitoring the whole situation and the Covid positive members will remain under isolation until complete recovery is attained. It is also to be noted that Mayank will now have to undergo a three-day quarantine upon his arrival in Ahmedabad before joining the rest of the India squad.
The details from the BCCI press release are:
1) Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and fast bowler Navdeep Saini’s (standby player) RT-PCR tests conducted on Monday (January 31st) have returned positive results.
2) Fielding Coach T. Dilip and Security Liaison Officer B. Lokesh’s RT-PCR tests conducted on Monday (January 31st) have returned positive results.
3) Batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad’s RT-PCR test conducted on Tuesday (February 1st) has returned a positive result. He had tested negative during the first round of testing on Monday.
4) Batsman Shreyas Iyer and Sports Massage Therapist Rajeev Kumar’s RT-PCR tests conducted on Wednesday (February 2nd) have returned positive results. Both had tested negative in the first two rounds of testing.
As per some reports, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has also been placed into isolation as he travelled to Ahmedabad with the Covid positive duo of Dhawan and Saini while India’s throwdown specialist Raghu has also contracted the virus. Axar Patel who was only part of the T20I squad has too returned a positive test and is yet to join the team in Ahmedabad.
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It is also understood that the likes of captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, head coach Rahul Dravid and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant are completely safe and have tested negative for the virus while a report by Sports Tak has mentioned that all the members will undergo a fresh round of testing on Thursday (3 February, 2022). At this moment, the sources have confirmed that the upcoming India vs West Indies white-ball series is very much on and there is no change in the original schedule.
“Players of both teams have been asked to isolate as a precaution. Three players and support staff have tested positive and have been isolated. We are monitoring the situation. There is no decision on the series. It will go ahead. If needed, we will bring in replacements,” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.
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