Rishabh Pant Covid Positive: Ahead of the big ENG vs IND five-match Test series, India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has tested positive for COVID-19. It was earlier reported that two India players had tested positive for coronavirus and now according to the recent sources, it has been revealed that Pant is one of those infected cricketers.
A few weeks back, Rishabh Pant was spotted with his friends at a jam-packed Wembley Stadium while watching the EURO 2020 knock-out game between England and Germany. It is being understood that the Indian wicket-keeper batsman had actually tested positive for the deadly coronavirus 7-8 days back and has been under isolation since then. Although, he is currently asymptomatic, the left-hander will not be travelling with the rest of the squad to Durham and is staying at his friend’s place in London.
It is also being reported that BCCI Secretary Jay Shah had written to the India players in England warning them about the rising number of Covid cases. Team India will play a three-day warm-up match against a County Select XI that will begin from 20 July in Durham. India is scheduled to play the first Test against England from 4 August in Nottingham. Other than Pant, Wriddhiman Saha is the second wicket-keeper option available in the India squad present in England.
“All players will reassemble in Durham today. The two player who have tested positive will stay isolated. We will now not allow players to mingle around till we get reports of the test undertaken yesterday,” said a BCCI official.
“We have asked teammates and support staff who came in contact with the players to isolate themselves for next three days. They will travel to Durham but will be asked to get in quarantine. We are just waiting for their test reports for the tests undertaken on Tuesday”, added the BCCI official.
“As of now, they are all fine, but we will be testing them regularly and following strict protocols. Safety of the players is always the priority,” a source said.
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