Calcutta: The case of two members of the Indian cricket team – goalkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and training assistant / net thrower Dayanand Garani- tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the series of five tests against the England have urged BCCI to issue a guideline on dos and don’ts for players for the next few months and a half. Jay Shah, BCCI secretary, emailed team members last week – asking them to adhere to Covid-related protocols and avoid crowded places at all costs.
Pant, a BCCI statement confirmed Thursday, is nearing the end of his self-quarantine period when he and Garani were largely asymptomatic. The Indian team was on a three week break after the conclusion of the ICC World Trials Championship final held in Southampton against New Zealand.
Pant, who had not stayed at the team hotel during the break period, tested positive on July 8. He is asymptomatic and is currently in self-isolation where he tested positive. He is closely watched by the BCCI medical team and is on the mend. He will be able to join the team in Durham after rendering two negative RT-PCR tests, ” the statement said.
The BCCI medical team identified bowling coach Bharath Arun, Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran as close contacts of Garani, who was at the team hotel when he tested positive as a result. July 14 tests. The four staff will be isolated for 10 days and will stay in their respective rooms at the team hotel in London.
The entire Indian contingent, including traveling family members and guardians, received the second dose of the covid vaccine earlier this month in London. “The Indian contingent passes the lateral flow test daily,” the statement added.
In his letter to team management, Shah wrote to team members that while the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) helped facilitate the second dose of vaccine, it does not guarantee full immunity. or full resistance. “ In fact, the new variant is spreading quickly, and we are not out of the danger zone. You may be aware that the ECB was forced to field another team to play against Pakistan and even the blank ball streak between India and Sri Lanka had to be postponed.
“ In view of this, it is advised that you avoid mass gathering places, overcrowded malls / stores, restaurants and watering holes in the best interest of all, ” Shah wrote.
Incidentally, Pant’s photos on social media of him at Wembley Stadium to watch the England-Germany Euro 2020 game had gone viral some time ago. Head coach Ravi Shastri and senior member Ravi Ashwin had posted photos of themselves at Wimbledon on social media.