According to reports, Rishabh Pant has ended his mandatory quarantine period and will be joining the team before the start of the second practice match between India and England. Rishabh Pant was contracted with Covid-19 and had been quarantined at his relative’s place since. He, though, showed no symptoms of the disease.
Much to the delight of the fans, the wicket-keeper batsman has been tested negative for the virus and will be joining the team on 22nd July before the second practice game. Insidesport.com has reported that he will be joining the team on either 22nd or 23rd in Durham.
Earlier, it was reported that both Rishabh Pant and throw down specialist, Dayanand Guarani were tested positive for the COVID-19. Both had been isolated in separate locations. Besides, three other members in Abhimanyu Easwaran, Wriddhiman Saha and bowling coach Bharat Arun were put in isolation as they were in close contact with the Guarani. The quarantine period of all three will end on 24th July. Guarani, however, will stay in quarantine for a longer period of time.
India is set to play a five-match Test series against England next month, which will mark the beginning of the second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. The BCCI had earlier requested ECB for warm-up matches ahead of the series, which will take place starting July 20.
As far as the three-day practice game is concerned, several players from the county circuit will lock horns against India. The match will be played in closed doors, scheduled to start at 11 AM on Tuesday. The game will be played behind closed doors. Durham Cricket will live stream the game on the Durham Cricket YouTube channel. India is scheduled to play the first of the five-match Test Series from 4th to 9th August 2021.