Rishabh Pant tests positive for COVID-19 in England, report says

New Delhi: Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant has tested positive for COVID-19 in England, PTI news agency reported.

Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that one of 23 Indian players who are touring England has tested positive and is in quarantine at his home.

A BCCI source has now confirmed that it was Pant who tested positive and was in isolation for the past eight days. It is, according to the source, asymptomatic at this stage.

“He is in quarantine with an acquaintance and will not travel with the team to Durham on Thursday,” he said without disclosing when the 23-year-old will join the team.

The development comes close in the wake of BCCI Secretary Jay Shah sending an email to the Indian contingent warning them of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK.

The players were given the break after the World Trial Championship against New Zealand, which the team lost last month.

“Yes, a player has tested positive but has been isolated for the past eight days. He was not staying in any hotel with the team so no other player was affected,” said the vice president of BCCI Rajiv Shukla at PTI.

“So far, no other player has tested positive. You should also know that our secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to all players to maintain the protocols,” added Shukla.

It is understood that Pant was afflicted by the Delta variant which led to the increase in the number of cases in England. He was seen attending a European Championship match last month and had even posted photos on his social media accounts.

Shah, in his letter, told players to “avoid” crowded places because Covishield, the vaccine that has been administered to the team, offers only protection, not total immunity against the virus.

In fact, Shah’s letter specifically stated that players should avoid going to the Wimbledon and Euro Championships, which both recently ended there.

The Indian team are set to face England in a five-game test series starting August 4. He will play a practice match starting July 20 in preparation for the high-intensity series.

The India-England showdown marks the start of the second round of the World Trials Championship.

Recently, the England team were also hit by the virus and were forced to field a completely different XI in a limited series game against Pakistan.

With PTI inputs

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