Mayank Agarwal called up after India record seven positive Covid tests

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India have called up Mayank Agarwal for the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies after a number of positive Covid-19 results.

Three members of the playing squad, one of the standby players, and three members of the coaching staff have returned positive RT-PCR tests as part of India’s pre-series testing program.

The squad were asked to undertake testing at home and only travel to Ahmedabad on Monday after receiving negative results. And opening batter Shikhar Dhawan, standby bowler Navdeep Saini, and coaches T. Dilip and B. Lokesh all returned positive results from Monday’s initial round of testing.

Ruturaj Gaikwad tested negative on Monday, but returned a positive result to a test conducted on Tuesday, while batter Shreyas Iyer and massage therapist Rajeev Kumar have subsequently returned positive tests in Wednesday’s third round of testing.

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All players and coaches to have returned positive results will stay in isolation until making a complete recovery.

Agarwal is the only player to have been added to the ODI squad.

The upcoming three-game ODI series against West Indies is scheduled to start on Sunday 6 February, with a T20I series to follow between Wednesday 16 February and Sunday 20 February.

ODI squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mayank Agarwal.

T20I squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel.

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