Covid-hit India U-19s' concerns at World Cup: Depleted squad, travel worries ahead of knockouts
If India find themselves with fewer than 11 fit players, their fixtures could be rescheduled as per tournament rules
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India captain Yash Dhull, vice-captain Shaik Rasheed, batter Siddarth Yadav (Rapid Antigen) and wicketkeeper Aaradhya Yadav (RT-PCR) returned positive results. Allrounder Manav Parakh and seam bowler Vasu Vats have shown symptoms of Covid-19.
Having won their first two games against South Africa and Ireland, India are through to the quarter-final from Group B. Their final group game, at the same ground as the Ireland match, is against Uganda on Saturday, January 22.
If favourites India win against Uganda, their quarter-final knockout fixture is on Saturday, January 29 and it could be against defending champions Bangladesh. But that game is on another island - Antigua and Barbuda - and only those who test negative will be allowed to fly out of Trinidad.
ICC's head of integrity Alex Marshall had stated before the competition that "merely registering a positive PCR test result within a team will not result in the automatic postponement or cancellation of fixtures." So, as long as they have 11 players fit, India may have to fulfil their current scheduled fixtures.
The BCCI had announced five reserve players - Rishit Reddy, Uday Saharan, Ansh Gosai, Amit Raj Upadhyay, PM Singh Rathore - before the competition, but ESPNcricinfo understands they did not travel to the Caribbean. If they are needed, they will have to fly out to the Caribbean and serve a quarantine period before they can be added to the squad.
Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx