U-19 World Cup: COVID-19 scare in Indian team as Dhull, Rasheed miss out Ireland fixture

India's U-19 team was hit by COVID-19 ahead of its World Cup fixture against Ireland as captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain SK Rasheed contracted the virus. They are currently in isolation.

File picture of India U-19 team.

India's U-19 team was hit by COVID-19 ahead of its World Cup fixture against Ireland as four players - including captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain SK Rasheed - tested positive. Two other players, too, have showed symptoms and are currently in isolation.

In a statement, the BCCI has confirmed that the RT-PCR tests have returned positive for Siddharth Yadav. Aaradhya Yadav, Rasheed and Dhull, too, have tested positive for the virus in Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and their RT-PCR reports are awaited.

Two other players - Vasu Vats and Manav Parakh - have shown symptoms, even though their RAT reports returned negative. Their RT-PCR reports, too, are awaited.

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"The Board is monitoring the situation closely and is in touch with the management and the coaching group. The players will remain in isolation but will be under the constant supervision of the BCCI medical team," the BCCI secretary Jay Shah said.

While skipper Dhull and Rasheed featured in the opening fixture against South Africa, Aardhya was not part of that game.