India Test captain Rohit Sharma has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the one-off Test against England at Edgbaston. He is in isolation at the team hotel and has to follow the protocols for minimum five days.
The Test match begins on July 1, and if Rohit tests negative before that, he will be cleared to play the match. A BCCI statement said: "Team India captain Mr Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday. He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI Medical Team. An RT-PCR test will be conducted on Sunday to ascertain his CT value."
Rohit tested positive after the third day of play of the warm-up match against Leicestershire in which he scored 25 runs in the first innings.
The one-off Test against England was actually supposed to be played last year, but was suspended after a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian team. If Rohit Sharma does not recover in time, Jasprit Bumrah, in all probability, will don the captain’s hat.
The matches, in most countries, are no longer being played under a bio-bubble. India too hosted South Africa without a bio-bubble earlier this month.