COVID-19: Positive Krunal Pandya out of T20I series, all 8 close contacts test negative
By Sarita Dey
on Wed Jul 28 2021
Sri Lanka vs India: All eight contacts of Krunal Pandya, India all-rounder who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, have returned negative results, sources told NDTV. The second T20I of the three-match series will be played on Wednesday, July 28.
As per Sri Lanka’s health safety protocols, Krunal will not be able to travel back to India with other members of the contingent on July 30 as he will now have to undergo mandatory isolation and obtain a negative RT-PCR report.
“Krunal is symptomatic with cough and throat pain. He is obviously out of the series and will not be able to return with the rest of the squad,” a BCCI source tracking the developments in Colombo told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
However, the good news is that all his eight close contacts who were identified by the BCCI medical officer (Dr. Abhijit Salvi) have tested negative. But as a precautionary measure can’t take the field. For now, the three-match series is on as even if there are a couple of more cases. The Indian team has enough players with negative RT-PCR reports to field a team.
The entire contingent had undergone RT-PCR tests on Tuesday “to ascertain any further outbreak in the squad”, said BCCI.
India leads the three-match T20I series after they won the first T20I by 38 runs on Sunday in Colombo. Krunal returned three not out and 1 for 16 from 2 overs.