Rishabh Pant tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of England series

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Rishabh Pant tested positive for COVID-19

India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh pant has tested positive for COVID-19 in England, sources told media on Thursday. Rishabh Pant underwent the COVID-19 test eight days ago & is asymptomatic.

Rishabh will not travel with the rest of the Indian team to Durham where the team is set to play a practice match with a County team ahead of the England tests. Pant who received his first dose of Vaccine on May 13 was seen with his friends at the Wembley Stadium in London during a Euro 2020 match between England and Germany.

The BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla said that no other player has been affected by the virus. “Yes, one player has tested positive but he has been in isolation for the last eight days. He was not staying in any hotel with the team, so no other player has been affected,” BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla told PTI.

Earlier on Thursday, a source within the BCCI has revealed that one Indian cricketer out of the 23 players touring England has tested positive for COVID-19. The source has also informed that the infected player will not travel to Durham with the other players of the Indian team on Thursday.

“Yes, one of the players has tested positive although he is largely asymptomatic currently. He is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be traveling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity. 

Team India is scheduled to play a practice match against the County team in Durham on 20th July as a part of their preparations for the upcoming five-match Test series against England. The news of Rishabh Pant being infected with the virus raised concerns about the IND vs ENG test series. The Indian team is scheduled to lock horns with the England team in a five-match test series starting from August 4 in Trent Bridge at Nottingham.

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