Huge question mark on 1st ODI


INDIA WI ODI Series: BCCI to announce replacements? – There is a big question mark on the first ODI between India vs West Indies after three players tested positive, forcing the entire squad to isolate at the Hyatt Regency hotel where the team assembled. As all close contacts must isolate for a minimum of 7 days as per India’s Covid guidelines, the BCCI may be forced to name replacements even though India arrived with 26 players. Follow IND vs WI Live Updates.

“Players of both teams have been asked to isolate as a precaution. Three players and support staff have tested positive and have been isolated. We are monitoring the situation. There is no decision on the series. It will go ahead. If needed, we will bring in replacements,” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.

INDIA WI ODI Series: Huge question mark on 1st ODI, BCCI likely to announce replacements for multiple Covid-19 positive tested players: Follow LIVE Updates

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INDIA WI ODI Series: Huge question mark on 1st ODI, BCCI likely to announce replacements for multiple Covid-19 positive tested players: Follow LIVE Updates

Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Navdeep Saini are four members of the Indian squad who have tested positive for Covid. Apart from the players, three members of the support staff including throwdown specialist Raghu have also tested positive according to information available with InsideSport. The first ODI against the West Indies is to be played on February 6, Sunday & now the same is in jeopardy.

The players began assembling on Sunday and were in a three-day quarantine at the Hatt Hotel following which they were to begin practice from Thursday. However, now the practice session has been cancelled. The infected players now have been put up on a different floor.

INDIA WI ODI Series: Huge question mark on 1st ODI, BCCI likely to announce replacements for multiple Covid-19 positive tested players: Follow LIVE Updates
Axar Patel also tested positive and did not join the squad in Ahmedabad

Meanwhile, Axar Patel, who was supposed to join the team in Ahmedabad could not as he also tested positive before arriving. He was picked for the T20 team and will join the team once he returns three negative Covid tests after 7 days.

INDIA WI ODI Series: Huge question mark on 1st ODI, BCCI likely to announce replacements for multiple Covid-19 positive tested players: Follow LIVE Updates

Considering that the third wave is still raging in the county, the Gujarat Cricket Association had instructed the ODI series to be held behind closed doors. However, the three T20Is in Kolkata were to be held with 75% of the capacity at Eden Gardens. After the Covid outbreak, it could change.

The squad has 26 players with both ODI and T20s combined and the likes of Ishan Kishan and Venkatesh Iyer are likely to be added to ODI squad after the Covid outbreak. At present, Rohit Sharma is the only opener available and Virat Kohli could be forced to open if they do not call in replacements. KL Rahul will only join from the 2nd ODI. Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad will miss the first two ODIs.

INDIA WI ODI Series: Huge question mark on 1st ODI, BCCI likely to announce replacements for multiple Covid-19 positive tested players: Follow LIVE Updates

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