‘Impossible to wear a mask all the time’ : Ganguly defends Pant after keeper tests positive for COVID-19

Rishabh Pant along with one member of the support staff tested positive for COVID-19

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant ( Image Credit: Twitter)

India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant hogged the limelight on Thursday, July 15 as he tested positive for COVID-19, ahead of the team’s five-match Test series against England starting on August 04. Currently, Pant is in self-isolation at a relative’s place in London and his recovery is going well.  Apart from the 23-year-old, one support staff member also returned positive result. Pant attended the Euro 2020 fixture between England and Germany at the Wembley Stadium and it is speculated that he might have contracted the virus during his stay at Wembley.

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Although the BCCI officials warned the Indian players to avoid crowded public places, the southpaw could not refuse a tempting offer to watch the match live in the stadium. Now BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has reacted to the news of Pant testing positive..

The BCCI President felt it was impossible to wear a mask all the time and said the cricketers were not in the bubble so it was okay on Pant’s part to not wear a mask. “We have seen Euro Championship and Wimbledon in England. Rules have changed (with the crowd being allowed inside venues). They were on leave and it’s physically impossible to wear a mask all the time,” Ganguly told News18.

The BCCI president was further quizzed whether he was worried about the other squad members, to which he replied confidently: “No worries. They will be fine.”

Meanwhile, the Indian team is scheduled to play a warm-up match in Durham starting on July 20.   

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