India head coach Rahul Dravid will not to travel to UAE with the rest of the squad for Asia Cup 2022 on Tuesday after testing positive for Covid-19. “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. 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,” BCCI said in an official release.
The cricketers who are in India, are likely to leave for Dubai on Tuesday without Dravid. The former India captain and other support staff members Paras Mhambrey (bowling coach) and Vikram Rahtour (batting coach) were given a break from the Zimbabwe ODIs as former teammate VVS Laxman stepped in to work as the interim coach for the three-match ODI series which India won 3-0. The Asia Cup is slated to begin on August 27 but India begin their campaign against Pakistan the next day in Dubai.