Fear of Covid: Retests show two coaches from India A were ‘false positives’

The Indian Cricket Council’s biggest fears almost came true on Wednesday night as two India A team coaches in South Africa initially tested positive for Covid-19 before further investigation confirmed their result as of “false positives”.

The India A team are playing their last four-day game in Bloemfontein and all players, as well as support staff, underwent RT-PCR tests on Wednesday morning. As all player tests came back negative, the team decided to continue the game.

Dr Shuaib Manjra, Chief Medical Officer of Cricket South Africa, told The Indian Express: “After further investigation, the labs confirmed that the test was negative, indicating that the initial result was a false positive. “

After the first positive results, the two coaches were asked to self-isolate for the next 24 hours.

It has been learned that support staff from India A have learned that the coaches tested positive in Matchday 3’s match in Bloemfontein. The match continued as the two coaches returned to the hotel and isolated themselves.

India A games are played in a bio-bubble.

We learn that before the start of the tour match, one of the coaches, Sairaj Bahutule, had a fever and isolated himself in his room for two days. His report then came back negative.

BCCI sent Bahutule as bowling coach, Sitanshu Kotak from Saurashtra as batting coach and Subhadeep Ghosh from Assam as defensive coach.

The senior Indian team delayed their tour of South Africa by a week after there was a proliferation of infections from the new variant of Covid Omicron in that country. The team will now depart for South Africa on December 16.


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