India’s Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has tested positive for Covid-19 in the ongoing tour of England and the wicketkeeper -batsman Rishabh Pant will not travel with the rest of the Indian squad to Durham where the team is set to play a practice match ahead of the five-match Test series against England.
A BCCI source confirmed that it was Pant who tested positive and was in isolation for the past eight days. He is, according to the source, asymptomatic at this point.
Pant, who took his first dose of the Covid 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.
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,” BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla told PTI.
Team India is set to play a practice match against Durham as part of their preparations for the upcoming five-match Test series against England. The practice game will begin on July 20.
Indian tour of England a five-match Test series starting August 4. It will play a practice game starting July 20 as a build-up to the huge series. The India-England confrontation marks the beginning of the second cycle of the World Test Championship.
Recently, the England team too was hit by the virus and was forced to field ab altogether different XI in a limited-overs match against Pakistan.