The Indian cricket board has confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and training assistant-cum-net bowler Dayanand Garani have tested positive for Covid-19 in England where the Test squad is preparing for a five-Test series.
“Pant, who had not stayed in the team hotel during the break period, tested positive on July 8. He is asymptomatic and currently undergoing self-isolation at the place where he reported positive. He is being closely monitored by the BCCI Medical Team and is on his way to recovery. He will be able to join the squad in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests,” said a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Board has also put in isolation three members of the squad who came in close contact with Garani, it was learnt.
“The BCCI medical team have identified B. Arun, bowling coach, [wicketkeeper] Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran as close contacts of Garani, who was in the team hotel when he tested positive following RT-PCR tests on 14th July. The four personnel will undergo 10-day isolation and will remain in their respective rooms in the team hotel in London,” added the statement.
“The entire Indian contingent including travelling family members and caretakers were administered with the second dose of Covid vaccine earlier this month in London. To mitigate any further risks, the Indian contingent is taking the Lateral Flow Test on a daily basis,” said the statement further.
The Indian team, which plays the first of the five Tests against England from August 4, will begin preparations for the series England with a three-day warm-up game at Riverside ground against a County XI from July 20.
…With IANS inputs