Indian Men’s Team wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Test series between India and England starting August 4 in Nottingham. Consequently, Pant will not travel with the team to Durham where they are supposed to assemble ahead of the series.
The news was confirmed by a BCCI source in the know of developments, who informed that the player immediately underwent isolation following the test result. He informed that Pant has been under isolation for the past eight days.
“He is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” the source was quoted as saying.
As per reports, the 23-year old is asymptomatic. If the reports are to be believed, Pant has contracted the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. As of this stage, it remains unclear whether Rishabh Pant would join the squad for the series or not.
Pant, who got administered with the first dose of the vaccine, was seen hanging out with some friends at the Wembley Stadium in London during a Euro 2020 match between England and Germany.
“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,” BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla had told PTI. “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.”
Currently, England has been gripped by another wave of COVID-19, which has seen a substantial increase in the number of coronavirus-contracted cases in the country, with numerous players testing positive for the virus.
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 has earlier requested ECB for warm-up matches ahead of the series, which will take place starting July 20.