India head coach Ravi Shastri, who tested positive for COVID-19, may leave for India on Wednesday if he tests negative in his RT-PCR report. Apart from him, Team India support staff colleagues Bharat Arun and R Sridhar will also be undergoing tests.
Shastri tested positive for coronavirus prior to the fourth Test at the Oval. He has been in quarantine since September 4 and is expected to complete his 10-day isolation period along with Arun and Sridhar on Monday.
However, the trio is expected to join a much stricter bio-bubble in Dubai, post IPL when the Indian team assembles for the T20 World Cup campaign.
"Ravi, Sridhar and Arun are all doing well physically and are mostly asymptomatic. They will take their RT-PCR test on Monday and if all goes well, they can fly out on the original date of departure, which is September 15. The final call will be taken by the medical team," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Meanwhile, the other support staff members of the contingent will be flying out on Monday afternoon by commercial flight via Dubai.
The fifth Test between India and England at Old Trafford was cancelled after Virat Kohli refused to field his team apprehending more cases during an incubation period.
Reportedly, the remaining Test will be held in July next year. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board has already approached the ICC for a quick decision by the Dispute Resolution Committee on the issue.
If the ICC rules it as a Test abandoned due to COVID-19, India would win the series 2-1 or else a forfeiture would mean series levelled at 2-2 and England making a successful claim to the insurance company for reimbursement of GBP 40 million loss.
The Indian players who are supposed to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have already reached the United Arab Emirates and will be undergoing a six-day hard quarantine period before they join their respective team in a secure bio-bubble.