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Krunal testing positive in Colombo: BCCI medical officer comes under scrutiny




Krunal Pandya tested positive in Colombo for Covid-19 which led to eight of his close contacts being isolated

Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested positive for Covid-19 which led to eight of his close contacts being isolated and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) medical officer has come under the scanner for ignoring the root, India media said last week.

India played a three-match ODI series and three-match T20 series in Sri Lanka and nine players had to miss out on the last two T20I games due to the Covid-issues.

India played with just five batsmen in their playing XI who were available and eventually lost the T20I series 1-2 which was heartbreaking. Shikhar Dhawan was the captain of the side while Rahul Dravid had his first tour as an Indian head coach with the other senior players in the UK.

A BCCI source had revealed that Krunal Pandya wasn’t isolated straightway despite having the symptoms of Covid-19 of throat pain. The source also highlighted that Krunal should have gone through a Rapid Antigen test and blamed the BCCI medical officer for being irresponsible. The series results could have changed if the medical team was a lot more strict and cautious.

“Krunal had throat pain on 26 July and he followed the protocol informing the medical officer. It is strange that he should have been immediately isolated with a Rapid Antigen Test (self test kit) done. But nothing of that sort happened,” a BCCI source privy to developments in Sri Lanka, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

The BCCI source stated that Krunal Pandya was allowed to attend the team meeting despite the throat pain which had caused two players to be tested positive later.  The source added that the Covid-testing should have been done every three days like in IPL instead of the five days which is one of the major complaints about the BCCI medical team.

“Although Rapid Antigen Test is not conclusive but it’s the first part of the protocol. But I can confirm, Krunal despite throat pain attended team meeting,”

“In fact, another question that’s being raised is how come BCCI’s medical team in Sri Lanka agreed to testing every fifth day whereas in IPL, testing is done every third day,” the source added.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnappa Gowtham went on to be tested positive for Covid-19 later but all three players have recovered now.