Wicket keeper and star batsman Rishabh Pant and slaughter specialist Dayanand Garani had tested positive for the deadly virus, while three other members of the camp were placed in administrative segregation.
Bowling coach Bharat Arun, wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha and reserve opener Abhimanyu Easwaran have been placed in segregation after being identified as “close contacts” of Garani. While Pant tested positive a week ago, Garani’s test report arrived Thursday morning. Arun, Easwaran and Saha have all tested negative, but the UK government’s health safety protocol requires a 10-day isolation period for close contacts of Covid patients. “The four staff will undergo 10-day isolation and stay in their respective rooms at the team’s hotel in London,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a detailed statement.
The tour in England will be long. But it’s imperative that professional cricketers and team support staff follow the rules of the bio-bubble. The fact that at least two of them tested positive shows that the rules were not strictly followed. This must stop, otherwise the tour could be in danger.
All five were therefore left in quarantine in London, as the Indian team moved to Durham – where they will camp for the next two weeks – on Thursday evening. With the first Test in Nottingham scheduled to start on August 4, there is no imminent danger for the Test Series.
“Pant had been to the dentist on July 5 and 6 and could have caught the virus in the clinic. On July 7, he had been vaccinated,” a source told TOI. Shah added: “Pant, who had not stayed at the team’s hotel during the break period, tested positive on July 8. He is asymptomatic and is currently in self-isolation at the location where He has tested positive, is being closely monitored by the BCCI medical team and is on the mend. He will be able to join the team in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests.
Pant posted photos of him attending a Euro game last month on social media. “Pant and Saha will not be available for the team’s training match against Combined County XI at Chester-le-Street in Durham from July 20, meaning KL Rahul is expected to do the gloves job in However, Pant should be able to make it to the team’s second practice game – an intra-team game on July 28, “a source informed.
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“The entire Indian contingent, including traveling family members and guardians, received the second dose of the Covid vaccine earlier this month in London. To mitigate any additional risk, the Indian contingent goes through the flow test daily. lateral, ”Shah said in his statement.
Besides Saha and Pant, Easwaran will also miss India’s first practice match. Saha was struck by the Covid-19 during the IPL.
The shaking comes just after Shah sent an email (TOI reported this in its July 15 edition) to the Indian contingent warning them of the increase in Covid-19 cases in the UK. Shah, in his letter, told players to “avoid” crowded places. In his letter, Shah specifically said that players should avoid going to the Wimbledon and Euro Championships in England.
The Indian team is on hiatus after losing the World Test Championship (WTC) final to New Zealand in Southampton last month.
Earlier this month, the England cricket team were also hit by a virus outbreak in their camp and were forced to field an entirely different XI in their ODI series against Pakistan.