COVID deals hit India as Rishab Pant tests positive for coronavirus

Rishab pants.
Rishab pants.

India suffered a setback on Wednesday as wicket batsman Rishab Pant tested positive for the coronavirus.

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

The cricketer is isolating himself at home after testing positive for the infection, media reported, adding that the Indian team without pants has left for Durham’s bio-secure bubble.

India are expected to play a five-match test series against England in the coming days.

According to media reports, Pant took a COVID-19 test eight days ago and at the moment is asymptomatic.

India Cricket Control Board (BCCI) vice chairman Rajiv Shukla said no other player has been affected by the virus.

“Yes, one player has tested positive but has been isolated for the past eight days. He was not staying at any hotel with the team so no other player was affected,” Shukla told PTI.

The cricketer was spotted in a crowded Wembley stadium a few weeks ago with a friend enjoying the Euro 2020 knockout game between England and Germany.

Sources told Indian media that Pant opted for a COVID-19 test after suffering a sore throat. The test came back positive and the players and support staff who had come into contact with the cricketer completed their three-day isolation period.

News of Pant’s positive test for infection comes as the virus infected seven members of the England cricket team ahead of their tour of Pakistan.

England were forced to announce a second-choice squad for Pakistan’s ODI series, with Ben Stokes as captain, as the entire squad were ordered to go into self-isolation.

A second-chain England swept Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI series, but the question of how the virus broke the bubble has been resolved.

“We have been aware that the emergence of the Delta variant, as well as our move away from the strict enforcement of biosecure environments, could increase the chances of an epidemic,” said the head of the ECB.

“We made a strategic choice to try to adapt the protocols, in order to promote the general well-being of our players and our management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions “, did he declare.

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