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Two Indian players test COVID positive in UK, BCCI secretary Shah sends cautionary letter

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Two of the 23 Indian cricketers in the ongoing tour of England have tested positive for COVID-19 during the 20-day break and will not be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday, reported ANI.

The report further stated that one of the COVID-19 positive player has already returned negative while the other is in isolation.

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The news comes in the wake of BCCI secretary Jay Shah recently sending an e-mail to the Indian contingent in the United Kingdom warning it about the rising cases of COVID-19. The side is to reassemble at Durham in a bio-bubble ahead of the Test series against England next month.

Meanwhile as per a PTI report, a player has tested positive and is showing no symptoms of the contagion so far.

“Yes, one of the players has tested positive although he is largely asymptomatic currently. He is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

While the touring party in the UK is tight-lipped about the name of the player, it is understood that he has been afflicted by the Delta variant which has led to rising number of cases there.

Shah, in his letter, told the players to “avoid” crowded places as Covishield only provides protection, not full immunity against the virus.

In fact, Shah’s letter had specifically stated that players should avoid going to Wimbledon and Euro Championships, which recently concluded there. The Indian team is due to take on England in a five-match Test series starting August 4.

(With inputs from PTI and ANI).

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