He was recovering after the recent surgery at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and was set to travel to West Indies later this week.
Rahul was only named in the T20I squad for the West Indies series, subject to fitness, and his absence will open up the chance to the likes of Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda (who opened in a game in the series in Ireland), and Sanju Samson.
He had underwent a successful surgery for sports hernia in Germany and been missing in action ever since hewas forced to skip the home T20 series against South Africa in June.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks but the surgery was successful. I’m healing and recovering well. My road to recovery has begun. Thank you for your messages and prayers. See you soon,” Rahul had earlier tweeted
Thank you @klrahul for addressing the candidates attending the Level-3 coach certification course at NCA. Listening to your different experiences as a player and captain will definitely help these passionate coaches to learn, improve and excel in their careers. @BCCI #NCA pic.twitter.com/LS3bdPCkIO
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 21, 2022
In another development, a member of the Indian women’s cricket team, who was bound to take off to Birmingham for the upcoming Commonwealth Games also tested positive for the virus.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed the developments after the Board’s Apex Council meeting on Thursday.