Dubai: Kolkata Knight Riders pace bowler M Prasidh Krishna has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the India tour of England. The speedster may still travel for the series against England and the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. as he felt better on Saturday following light fever over the previous two days.
“He reached Bengaluru two days back and got himself tested. He had slight fever over the last two days. The report, showing positive, came on Friday night. Though today morning (Saturday) he woke up without fever and felt better,” an India cricket official said.
The pace bowler is supposed to travel to England as one of the four standby cricketers along with fellow pacers Avesh Khan and Arzan Nagwaswalla, and batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran. “He is undergoing two weeks of quarantine at home. It is mild.”
Krishna becomes the fourth KKR player to test positive after Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier (who tested positive last week) and New Zealander Tim Seifert, whose test result was announced positive on Saturday morning in a statement by New Zealand Cricket.
Seifert is being flown to Chennai from Ahmedabad for treatment on the completion of which he will leave for home.
The Indian team’s departure for England is still over three weeks away and Krishna may recover by that time. The right-arm pace bowler Krishna made his international debut during the ODI series against England in March and picked six wickets in three matches.
India have named a 20-member squad along with the four standby cricketers.