BCCI Keeps VVS Laxman On Standby For Asia Cup 2022 After Rahul Dravid Gets Tested Covid-19 Positive: Reports


India National Cricket Team head coach Rahul Dravid tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of his UAE departure for the Asia Cup 2022 and he is doubtful for the marquee tournament. Although the India head coach is not yet ruled out of the Asia Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has kept the NCA head VVS Laxman on standby, as per reports.

The Asia Cup 2022, which is the 15th edition of the tournament, is scheduled to be played from August 27 to September 11. The entire tournament is set to be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Rahul Dravid PC- BCCI
Rahul Dravid PC- BCCI

Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team is set to lock horns with Babar Azam-led Pakistan National Cricket Team at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai on Sunday, August 28.

“Team India Head Coach Rahul Dravid has tested positive for COVID-19 in a routine test conducted ahead of the team’s departure to the UAE for Asia Cup 2022. Mr. Dravid is under the supervision of the BCCI Medical team and has mild symptoms. He will join the team once he returns with a negative COVID-19 report, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in an official media release on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Team India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey has been asked to look after the India National Cricket Team in Dubai in the absence of Dravid.

Rahul Dravid’s symptoms are mild – BCCI official

Rohit Sharma and VVS Laxman (Image Credits: Twitter)
Image Credits: Twitter)

A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has said that the symptoms of Dravid are mild and they can ask Laxman to stay back in Dubai until Dravid’s situation gets clear.

“Dravid’s symptoms are mild. So we will wait and decide later whether we need to send VVS Laxman as his replacement or not. Laxman is already in Harare and they are supposed to take a flight to Dubai today. We can ask Laxman to stay back for a few days in Dubai until Dravid’s situation gets clear. We have asked Dravid to undergo another test,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

Rishabh Pant, Rahul Dravid
. (Photo: Twitter)

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