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Yuzvendra Chahal, K Gowtham test positive for Covid-19 in Sri Lanka

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The two, as well as Krunal Pandya, will stay back in Sri Lanka for the time being

Senior legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal and spin-bowling allrounder K Gowtham have both tested positive for Covid-19 while on tour in Sri Lanka. The two were part of the group of eight players who had earlier been identified as immediate contacts of allrounder Krunal Pandya, who had tested positive on July 27.
Chahal and Gowtham, along with Krunal, will have to stay back in Colombo for the time being, while the other six players – Krunal’s brother Hardik, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan – are expected to leave for India later today. The rest of the Indian travelling contingent will return to India earlier in the day.
ESPNcricinfo has learned that Chahal and Gowtham tested positive on Friday. Incidentally, they had both tested negative along with the other six players on Thursday, the day of India’s final match of the tour.

While Krunal was moved to an isolation facility immediately after he tested positive in both the Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR tests on July 27, the remaining eight players were staying at the team hotel, but separated from the rest of the touring party.

According to the Sri Lankan government’s guidelines, anyone testing positive for the virus needs to isolate for at least ten days and then clear a fresh round of tests to be allowed to leave the country. Those identified as close contacts of the affected person must isolate for seven days and then clear the prescribed tests.

The development is bound to pose further hurdles for the pair of Shaw and Yadav, who were scheduled to fly out to England immediately after the Sri Lanka tour to link up with the India Test squad.

More to follow…

Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo


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