Axar Patel becomes the fifth Indian cricketer to test positive for Covid-19


After four Indian cricketers, Axar Patel has become the fifth player to be tested positive for Covid-19. However, the left-handed all-rounder hasn't been added to the ODI series against West Indies which is going underway from February 6th, Sunday.

But he has been named in the three-match T20I series against West Indies. Along with the four Indian cricketers, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Navdeep Saini (stand by player) Axar Patel has been the fifth to become prey for the covid virus.

Shikhar Dhawan and others have been entered into the mandatory pandemic as Axar Patel will stay home until he gets fully fit. Moreover, they also added Mayank Agarwal to open with Rohit Sharma due to the absence of the Karnataka batsman KL Rahul. 

A report released by BCCI:

Axar Patel

According to the reports released by BCCI in a press release, it added, "The All-India Senior Selection Committee has added Mayank Agarwal to India’s ODI squad after seven members, including three players of Team India tested positive for COVID-19 following three rounds of RT-PCR testing.

The members were asked to report in Ahmedabad on 31st January 2022 for the upcoming Paytm three-match ODI and T20I series against the West Indies."

"Every member was also asked to undergo an RT-PCR test at home before embarking on their journey to Ahmedabad and the travel was undertaken only after testing negative.

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and fast bowler Navdeep Saini’s (standby player) RT-PCR tests conducted on Monday (January 31st) have returned positive results. Fielding Coach T," the BCCI said in the release.

"Dilip and Security Liaison Officer B. Lokesh’s RT-PCR tests conducted on Monday (January 31st) have returned positive results. Batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad’s RT-PCR test conducted on Tuesday (February 1st) has returned a positive result. He had tested negative during the first round of testing on Monday.

Batsman Shreyas Iyer and Sports Massage Therapist Rajeev Kumar’s RT-PCR tests conducted on Wednesday (February 2nd) have returned positive results. Both had tested negative in the first two rounds of testing," it clarified.