Rahul Dravid will not be accompanying the Indian men’s cricket team on their trip to the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday since the head coach has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Dravid is being monitored by the BCCI medical staff and only has minor symptoms. In a statement released on Tuesday, Jay Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), stated that the player will join the team if he returned with a negative COVID-19 report.
Only after receiving negative test results for five days in a row would Dravid be allowed to go for Dubai. He cannot participate directly in India’s high-profile match against Pakistan on August 28 as a result of this.
The bowling coach Paras Mhambrey has been asked to assume command upon the squad’s arrival in Dubai, the BCCI statement was silent on the reorganised support personnel.
The BCCI administration is considering whether to invite V.V.S. Laxman, the director of the National Cricket Academy who oversaw operations during India’s tour to Zimbabwe, to accompany the team in the United Arab Emirates.
Once the team returns from Zimbabwe, a decision will be made regarding the deputation of Laxman. Laxman was in command of the team in Zimbabwe and for the T20I series in Ireland in June due to the demanding international schedule.