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 named 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 name Rohit a deputy.
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-captaincy job 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-time test. The one-off test is the conclusion of last year’s series which was put on hold after an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Indian squad.
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.