Rahul Dravid travel to UAE delayed for Asia Cup after testing positive for COVID-19

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Indian Head Coach Rahul Dravid recently tested positive for COVID-19 and he is not traveling with the rest of the team that will assemble in Dubai for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. It is believed Dravid had mild symptoms, which have receded. He will test again in two days’ time. Paras Mhambrey, the bowling coach, has taken up the duties. 

Rahul Dravid tests positive for COVID-19

Rahul Dravid

There are talks about VVS Laxman stepping in who coached India in Zimbabwe as Dravid took a short break. India’s first match in the Asia Cup will be on August 28 against Pakistan.

“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,” a BCCI release said. “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 rest of the team will assemble in UAE on 23rd August, 2022.”

The Asia Cup is likely to be India’s last tournament before they announce the team for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November. In that light, the Asia Cup is an important tournament for the decision-makers to be around.

It is believed that 11 or 12 slots in the squad are more or less booked, but the Asia Cup could have a bearing on the last three-four places. India will also be waiting on the fitness of Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah who are at NCA in Bangalore for rehab.

Team India is currently gearing up for Asia Cup which is set to begin on August 27.

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