Rishabh Pant tests positive for COVID-19

The news of Team India players testing positive comes as the virus spreads through England's camp ahead of a limited-overs series against Pakistan at home.


Following in the footsteps of Rishabh Pant, a member of the Indian team's support personnel in England has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result of this development, three more coaching assistants have been quarantined. The four, as well as Rishabh Pant, would not accompany the squad to Durham.

Pant has tested positive for the Covid -19 virus in England and is currently being held in home isolation. Pant is being quarantined at his family's house but is expected to rejoin the tour party in Durham later.

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According to sources, the left-hander had a sore throat, which prompted a Covid test, which came back positive. His teammates and support personnel were placed in isolation for three days after coming into contact with the player, and they have already finished their isolation time.

Chetan Sharma, the top selector, visited BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in Kolkata on Wednesday, but none of them revealed what happened during the discussion.

The Indian cricketer's positive test comes as the virus spreads through England's camp ahead of their limited-overs series against Pakistan at home. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed last week that seven members of the team, including three players and four staff members, tested positive for Covid-19 before the first ODI against Pakistan.

As a result of the development, England's ODI squad was overhauled, with Ben Stokes being named captain.

In the one-day international series, a second-string England trounced Pakistan 3-0, but the issue of how the virus broke through the bubble remained unanswered.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison referenced the Delta form of the virus in his statement but did not say if the team members were infected.

“We've been aware that the development of the Delta variety, along with our shift away from strict biosecure environment regulation, may raise the risk of an epidemic. “We took a deliberate decision to attempt to adjust practices in order to assist the general welfare of our players and management personnel, who have spent most of the previous 14 months living in extremely confined conditions,” Harrison added.

Sri Lanka toured England prior to the Pakistan series and returned home with a viral epidemic in their camp, forcing them to postpone their limited-overs series against India. The series was postponed from its original start date of July 13 to July 18 when Sri Lankan batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan were found to be positive.

After the World Test Championship final on June 23, the Indian players were permitted to leave the bio-bubble in England and spend time on their own. The BCCI allowed their exit from the bubble, with the condition that the players and support personnel return in mid-July, ahead of their five-Test series against England. On August 4, the first Test will begin.

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