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The BCCI medical team has isolated Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri after his lateral flow test returned positive on Saturday evening. He will stay in isolation till his and others' RT-PCR test reports come clear.

Further, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and physiotherapist Nitin Patel have also been isolated as a precautionary measure.

"They have undergone RT-PCR testing and shall remain in the team hotel and not travel with Team India until confirmation from the medical team," BCCI said in an official statement.

The playing members have, however, tested negative in two lateral flow tests conducted on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. All the players and the support staff are fully vaccinated.

"The BCCI Medical Team has isolated Mr Ravi Shastri, Head Coach, Mr B. Arun, Bowling Coach, Mr R. Sridhar, Fielding Coach and Mr Nitin Patel, Physiotherapist as a precautionary measure after Mr Shastri's lateral flow test returned positive last evening," BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated in a release.

"The remaining members of the Team India contingent underwent two Lateral Flow Tests – one last night and another this morning. The members upon returning negative COVID reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test at The Oval," he added.

It is understood that Shastri may have got the symptoms after attending the launch of his book in the team hotel where outside guests were also allowed. Arun, Patl and Sridhar attended that function in person.

"Since there are no restrictions in the UK, outside guests were allowed during Shastri's book launch party," a BCCI source said.

"You feel for Bharath Arun. This is the second time, that he has to be isolated because someone else has tested positive. Last time it was Dayanand Garani, the masseur," he added.

The team is set to travel to Manchester on Tuesday and if these four are found positive in RT-PCR tests, they will have to undergo 10-day room isolation and test negative twice thereafter to rejoin the contingent.

"They have undergone RT-PCR testing and shall remain in the team hotel and not travel with Team India until confirmation from the medical team," Shah said.

The lateral flow tests, the results of which can be known within 30 minutes, are not considered particularly reliable and RT-PCR tests are conducted to confirm the results.

Meanwhile, in the match, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara's 153-run stand for the second wicket enabled India to get in a dominant position on Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Test.

At stumps, India's score read 270/3 -- a lead of 171 runs with seven wickets in the bag in the second essay. For the visitors, Virat Kohli (22*) and Ravindra Jadeja (9*) are at the crease.

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