London, July 15 (MNN) India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant tested coronavirus positive over a week ago and is nearing his self-quarantine period while on the England tour, apart from a net bowler.
Three other coaching assistants are said to have been quarantined due to this development. The four, along with Pant, would not travel with the Indian team to Durham.
“Team India off to Durham; two members test positive. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who tested positive for COVID-19 on July 8, nears completion of his self-quarantine period while training assistant/net bowler Dayanand Garani has tested positive,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India tweeted.
The BCCI had approved a 20-day break to Indian players to leave the bio-bubble in England and spent time of their own after the inaugural World Test Championship final in Southampton that ended on June 23.
Pant took a Covid-19 test eight days ago and he reported asymptomatic. Pant, who took his first dose of coronavirus vaccine on May 13, was recently spotted with his friends at the Wembley Stadium in London during a Euro 2020 match between England and Germany.
Former India cricketer Suresh Raina tweeted a ‘get-well-soon message to Pant and wished him a speedy recovery.
“Get well soon champion @RishabhPant17,” tweeted former India ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
In accordance with the protocols laid down by Public Health England, all those deemed to be in close contact with the person/s affected needed to be traced and isolated for ten days.
Earlier, last week before the first ODI against Pakistan, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that seven members of the English team, including three players and four staff members, had tested positive.
The development forced an overhaul of the England ODI squad, with Ben Stokes appointed the captain.
Team India are set to play a practice match in Durham, beginning on July 20.
The Indian team is set to begin their five-Test series against England next month which will kick off the second cycle of the World Test Championship. The first Test starts on August 4.