Rohit is in self-isolation at the team hotel and if the same protocols are followed as for the ongoing England-New Zealand series, it would be for a period of five days. The test begins on July 1.
It’s unclear who will lead India in case Rohit is unavailable for the England test. KL Rahul was appointed as vice-captain by the selectors when the squad was announced in May, but he is not in England as he suffered a groin injury ahead of the T20I series at home against England South Africa recently. BCCI has yet to give an update on Rahul’s fitness and has yet to appoint a deputy to Rohit.
The selectors have apparently named Rahul as the long-term captain option. Rahul led India in the second Test of the South African tour in December-January after Virat Kohli withdrew with a back injury. In March, an injury ruled Rahul out of the two-game home Test series against Sri Lanka, prompting coaches to hand over the vice-captain position to Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah, however, has no captaincy experience at any level. It could not be confirmed whether selectors would consider Kohli as interim captain for the one-off test. The one-off test is the conclusion of last year’s series which was suspended after an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian team.
A BCCI statement, regarding Rohit’s Covid result, said: “Indian team captain, Mr Rohit Sharma has tested positive for COVID-19 following a rapid antigen test ( RAT) performed on Saturday. He is currently in isolation at the team hotel and is under the care of the BCCI medical team. An RT-PCR test will be performed on Sunday to determine his CT value.”