IND vs ENG: Finally, some good news comes in for the Indian team touring England. Rishabh Pant’s quarantine period ended on Sunday & after post COVID diagnosis, Pant will be free to join the Indian team in Durham for the second practice match.
According to the reports, though Rishabh Pant’s quarantine ended on Sunday he couldn’t join team India before 22nd July. However, Pant can play the second practice match which is scheduled to commence before the first test on August 4th. Rishabh Pant will be joining the Indian team by 22nd or 23rd July in Durham.
Sources in the know of the developments said media, “Rishabh Pant is expected to undergo COVID-19 related tests today & once the results are out & he tests negative, he can go ahead & join the team in Durham”.
One more positive COVID-19 case along with Rishabh Pant was reported in the Indian squad. Support staff member Dayanand Garani had tested positive for COVID-19 & is currently under isolation at a separate location in London. Abhimanyu Easwaran, Wriddhiman Saha, and bowling coach Bharat Arun have also been kept in isolation as they were identified as Dayanand’s close contacts. As per the reports, the quarantine period for Abhimanyu Easwaran, Wriddhiman Saha, and bowling coach Bharat Arun will end on 24th July. However, the trio has tested negative in an array of tests conducted over the span of time.
Sourav Ganguly said that Rishabh Pant will recover before the first Test, “No worries. They will be fine. We have seen the Euro Championship and Wimbledon in England. Rules have changed (with the crowd being allowed inside venues). They were on leave and it’s physically impossible to wear masks all the time,” Ganguly said.
Meanwhile, team India is gearing up for the practice match against County Select XI starting from July 20 in Durham. The County Select XI is not England’s best player’s but still, it would be a good opportunity for the Indian team to get some crucial test cricket practice ahead of the England test series. The Indian team will use Emirates Riverside as a home venue for test series preparations.
The three days practice match will start on 20th July at 11 am in Durham. 90 overs will be bowled per day with the practice match being played strictly behind closed doors.