U19 World Cup – Covid-19 in Indian Team: India’s Under-19 team has been hit by COVID-19 as skipper Yash Dhull, vice-captain SK Rasheed and four other players have been tested positive ahead of the World Cup fixture against Ireland today. Apart from Dhull and Rasheed, Manav Parakh, Siddarth Yadav, Aaradhya Yadav and Vasu Vats are understandably in isolation. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates
- Four boys, including captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain Shaikh Rasheed tested positive.
- Vasu Vats and Manav Parakh showed symptoms before Wednesday’s match against Ireland.
- Nishant Sindhu walked out to lead the team as the team management and selectors struggled to put up a playing XI.
- Dhull, Rashid and Aaradhya Yadav tested positive in the rapid antigen test (RAT) on the morning of the match
- Siddharth Yadav’s RT-PCR tests came positive on Tuesday night.
- Dhull and Rasheed were at the venue before the start of the game.
U19 World Cup: Indian camp hit by COVID-19, captain Yash Dhull, VC SK Rasheed test positive – BCCI Official Release
BCCI’s Statement: “The India U19 squad currently taking part in the ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 have reported COVID-19 positive cases following RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests. Ahead of their second Group B clash against Ireland U19 on Wednesday morning, six members out of the 17-member squad were ruled out of selection”
The medical status of the six members is as below according to the BCCI Statement:
- Sidharth Yadav – RT-PCR Test result has returned positive.
- Manav Parakh – Has shown symptoms. His RT-PCR test result is awaited. Rapid Antigen Test result has returned negative.
- Vasu Vats – Has shown symptoms. His RT-PCR test result is awaited. Rapid Antigen Test result has returned negative.
- Yash Dhull – Rapid Antigen Test result has returned positive.
- Aaradhya Yadav – Rapid Antigen Test result has returned positive
- SK Rasheed – Rapid Antigen Test result has returned positive
“The Board is monitoring the situation closely and is in touch with the management and the coaching group. The players will remain in isolation but will be under the constant supervision of the BCCI Medical Team”, BCCI declared in its official statement
U19 World Cup: Indian camp hit by COVID-19, captain Yash Dhull, VC SK Rasheed test positive – Follow Live Updates
ICC, on its part, went into the tournament with a commitment to finish the tournament irrespective of Covid cases. “We will get some positive cases at some stage and we will be flexible with the scheduling. We have already adjusted once to accommodate the late arrival of Afghanistan. One positive case won’t stop a match,” ICC CEO Geoff Allardice had said last week.
What will happen to India’s chances at U-19 World Cup? The team had travelled to T&T after winning their opening match against South Africa in Guyana on January 15. India now also has beaten Ireland.
With two wins in two matches – India is guaranteed a place in the Quarterfinals.
India are due to play their last group match on January 22 against Uganda at the same venue
The Quarterfinals start on January 26. BCCI & team India will hope that no more Covid-19 cases get detected in the India camp hereafter.