Rishabh Pant, Dayanand Garani tested positive for COVID-19, while Wriddhiman Saha and 2 others isolated
Rishabh Pant, the Indian cricket team’s wicket-keeper batsman, and Dayanand Garani, the team’s training assistant, both tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Wriddhiman Saha, the wicket-keeper batsman, bowling coach Bharath Arun, and backup player Abhimanyu Easwaran have also been placed in isolation after being identified as Garani’s close associates. Pant tested positive on July 8 and was not in the team hotel at the time, while Garani tested positive following RT-PCR tests on July 14 and was at the hotel at the time. Garani, Arun, Saha, and Easwaran have all been placed in isolation for ten days and will remain in their hotel rooms in London.
None of the above players or staff members will accompany the team to Durham for a practice match. This means Pant and Saha will be unavailable for the July 20 practise match against a County XI at Emirates Riverside in Durham.
Since landing in England ahead of the World Test Championship final in June, the Indian Test team has been in England for more than a month. The squad dispersed for a three-week holiday after the final, according to BCCI.
“Pant, who had not stayed in the team hotel during the break period, tested positive on 8th July. He is asymptomatic and currently undergoing self-isolation at the place where he reported positive,” BCCI said in a statement.
“He is being closely monitored by the BCCI Medical Team and is on his way to recovery. He will be able to join the squad in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests.”
The BCCI also confirmed that the second dosage of COVID-19 vaccination was given to all members of the Indian travelling contingent, as well as their family members, earlier this month in London.
“The Indian contingent is taking the Lateral Flow Test on a daily basis to mitigate any further hazards,” BCCI added.
With just over a fortnight until the first Test at Trent Bridge, which starts on August 4, the team has been hit by a rash of COVID-19 cases. Pant was recently photographed at London’s Wembley Stadium watching a football match during Euro 2020, having received his first dosage of COVID-19 vaccine on May 13 ahead of the team’s trip to England.
In the meantime, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla stated that the virus has not impacted any other players. “Although one athlete tested positive, he has been placed in isolation for the past eight days. Because he was not sleeping in a hotel with the team, no other players were harmed “Shukla informed the PTI news agency.
On July 20, a practise match will be held in Durham, and the Test series that follows will mark the start of the World Test Championship’s second cycle.