Mayank Agarwal (Image Credit: Twitter)
Mayank Agarwal (Image Credit: Twitter)

BCCI has added Mayank Agarwal to the squad as a backup after seven members of the Indian cricket team tested positive for Covid-19. These included four players namely Shikhar Dhawan, Navdeep Saini, Shreyas Iyer and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Besides, according to BCCI sources, three support staff have also tested positive which are Therapist Rajeev Kumar, Fielding coach T Dilip and security liaison officer B Lokesh.

The members were asked to report in Ahmedabad on 31st January 2022 for the upcoming Paytm three-match ODI and T20I series against the West Indies. Every member was also asked to undergo an RT-PCR test at home before embarking on their journey to Ahmedabad and the travel was undertaken only after testing negative.

BCCI Adds Mayank Agarwal To Squad (Source: Twitter)
BCCI Adds Mayank Agarwal To Squad (Source: Twitter)

BCCI Official Informs 3 Players Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer And Shikhar Dhawan Have Tested Covid-19 Positive

The affected players include Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad and reserve seamer Navdeep Saini. It is learnt that the members have returned positive tests on Wednesday, days after reaching Ahmedabad, where the ODI leg against West Indies will be played behind closed doors.

BCCI Medical team is handling the positive cases and they will remain in isolation till complete recovery is attained. Earlier the team had reached Ahmedabad—the venue of the three ODIs—on Monday where the above-mentioned players tested positive upon arrival.

The BCCI is currently monitoring the situation and will announce the replacements shortly. India is due to play three-match ODI and an equal number of T20Is against the West Indies. The ODI series kicks off in Ahmedabad on Feb 6. India will take on West Indies in a 3-match ODI series from February 6 in Ahmedabad following which they will play 3 T20Is from February 16 in Kolkata.

Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (Image Source: Twitter)
Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (Image Source: Twitter)

“Three players — Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan have tested positive. However, there are multiple COVID positive cases among non-coaching administrative support staff. It could be between two to four people,” a veteran BCCI official said on conditions of anonymity.

The ODI series starts in Ahmedabad on February 6 with India’s 1000th ODI match but it is now a foregone conclusion that the trio will be missing the series as they will have to undergo week-long isolation and then return with two negative RT-PCR tests.

Shahrukh Khan, R Sai Kishore And Rishi Dhawan Could Be Added To The Squad While Venkatesh Iyer May Open With Rohit Sharma

It is expected that Shahrukh Khan, R Sai Kishore, Rishi Dhawan, who are stand byes for the series, will now get a look-in to be in the squad. As far as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner is concerned, Venkatesh Iyer, a specialist opener in the T20 squad, could be tried out. The visitors, led by Kieron Pollard arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday following their win over England in a T20I series at home.

Shahrukh Khan And R Sai Kishore (Picture Credit: Twitter)
Shahrukh Khan And R Sai Kishore (Picture Credit: Twitter)

Following a terrific stint in the domestic circuit for Tamil Nadu, the youngster was bought for a whopping Rs. 5.25 crore at the players’ auction for IPL 2021- becoming Punjab Kings biggest Indian buy-in IPL 2021. Shahrukh Khan has played 11 IPL matches in his debut IPL season for Punjab Kings scoring 153 runs with a best of 47.

R Sai Kishore is a 24-year-old cricketer from Tamil Nadu. He is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and left-handed batsman. He was bought by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the end of the IPL 2020 auction. He had the base price of 20 lakh and he was bought at the same price by CSK.

All-rounder Rishi Dhawan is reportedly set for a comeback to the national team after 6 years. Rishi Dhawan, who made his India debut under MS Dhoni in 2016, last donned the national jersey against Zimbabwe in 2016. He has played 3 ODIs and 1 T20I. He had earned his maiden India call-up for the Australia tour in 2016 and lasted played against Zimbabwe that year.

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