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Ind vd Eng: COVID deals blow to India as Rishab Pant tests positive for coronavirus

No other member of the team has been affected by coronavirus, says BCCI

By Web Desk
July 15, 2021
Rishab Pant.
Rishab Pant. 

India suffered a setback Wednesday as wicketkeeper batsman Rishab Pant tested positive for coronavirus. 

However, the BCCI moved quickly to state that no other player had been affected by the virus. 

The cricketer is isolating at home after testing positive for the infection, media reports say, adding that the Indian team sans Pant has left for Durham's bio-secure bubble.

India are scheduled to play a five-match Test series against England in the days to come.

As per media reports, Pant took a COVID-19 test eight days ago and for the time being, is asymptomatic.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajiv Shukla said no other player has been affected by the virus.

"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," Shukla told PTI.

The crickerter was spotted at a packed Wembley Stadium, a few weeks ago, with a friend as he enjoyed the Euro 2020 knock-out match between England and Germany.

Sources told Indian media Pant opted for a COVID-19 test after he experienced a sore throat. The test came back positive and the players as well as support staff that had come in contact with the cricketer, have completed their three-day isolation period.

The news of Pant testing positive for the infection comes at a time when the virus infected seven members of the England cricket team ahead of their Pakistan tour.

England was forced to announce a second-choice team for the Pakistan ODI series, with Ben Stokes as the captain, as the entire team was ordered to isolate.

A second-string England clean-swept Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI series, but the question of how the virus breached the bubble was left answered.

“We have been mindful that the emergence of the Delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of biosecure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak," ECB chief had said.

"We made a strategic choice to try to adapt protocols, in order to support the overall wellbeing of our players and management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions,” he said.