Yuzvendra Chahal and spin-bowling allrounder K Gowtham have both tested positive for Covid-19 while on tour in Sri Lanka.
The two were part of the group of eight players who had earlier been identified as immediate contacts of allrounder Krunal Pandya, who had tested positive on July 27
Chahal and Gowtham, along with Krunal, will have to stay back in Colombo for the time being, while four out of other six players- Krunal’s brother Hardik, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan – will be returning home along with the rest of the Indian squad, which is scheduled to fly back to India on Friday afternoon.
While Krunal was moved to an isolation facility immediately after he tested positive in both the Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR tests on July 27, the remaining eight players were staying at the team hotel, but separated from the rest of the touring party.
Krunal is expected to spend at least another week in the Colombo isolation facility, and fly back to India once he has cleared the mandatory tests, a process that now applies to Chahal and Gowtham too.