Ahead of the five-match Test series against England, the Indian team is dealt with a Coronavirus scare as one of its members tested positive for the virus. While nothing is officially confirmed, few reports have suggested that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is the one who returned a positive result. The report further states that Pant tested positive more than a week ago and is asymptomatic.
The southpaw was among the members who visited Wembley Stadium to watch Euro 2020 match between England and Germany. Currently, Pant is in self-isolation at his relative’s place, while the rest of the squad have assembled in Durham. The news of a player testing positive was confirmed by BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla.
“Yes, one player has tested positive but he has been in isolation for the last eight days. He was not staying in any hotel with the team, so no other player has been affected. But I can’t divulge the name of the player,” BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla was quoted by News18.
“As of now no other player has tested positive. Also you must be aware our secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to all players to maintain protocols,” Shukla added.
A source close to the BCCI too claimed that the player who tested positive for COVID-19 is Rishabh Pant.
“He is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” a BCCI source said.
Pant is said to be infected with Delta Variant which has led to a spike in COVID-19 cases in England.
Earlier, the BCCI secretary Jay Shah, in his letter to the Indian management, had asked the players to maintain social distancing and adhere to all COVID-19 protocols. He also requested the cricketers to avoid crowded places, specifically Wimbledon and Euro Championships. However, it seems the players didn’t take it seriously.
The India tour of England gets underway on August 4 in Nottingham. Ahead of the 1st Test, India will play a three-day warm-up game against a select county championship XI from July 20 in Durham.