Following the confirmation of Rishabh Pant testing positive for the covid-19, another latest report revealed that a support staff member of the Indian contingent, throwdown specialist Dayananda Garani, in England has also returned a positive test for the virus.
Three other coaching assistants who were in contact with Dayananda have also been quarantined. The four, along with Rishabh Pant, would not be travelling with the team to Durham for their practice match against a Select County XI team from July 20.
Sources stated the left-hander experienced a sore throat, which led to a Covid-19 test and it returned positive. His teammates and support staff, who came in contact, were kept in isolation for three days and they have completed their isolation period. Currently, Rishabh Pant is asymptomatic and recovering.
The first round of testing had happened on July 10 and the second round was done on July 14. It’s understood that Rishabh Pant’s positive result was reported after the first round of testing and was immediately placed in isolation.
“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.
“As of now no other player has tested positive. Also you must be aware our secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to all players to maintain protocols,” he added.
Earlier, Rishabh Pant was seen attending a Euro 2020 football match and had even posted pictures on his social media accounts. He is reported to have contracted the Delta variant.
Observing the surge in covid-19 cases in England, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had written an email to the management asking them to take carer, and specifically to not attend the Wimbledon and the Euros.
Virat Kohli’s team is scheduled to play a three-day practice match from July 20 in preparation for the 5-Test series against Joe Root’s side starting August 4 at Trent Bridge. The Test series also marks the beginning of the second cycle of the World Test Championship.
Recently, the England team was also hit by the virus when seven members of the squad which hosted Sri Lanka in the ODI series tested positive. The entire contingent was placed in quarantine and a fresh, new squad was named for the Pakistan ODI series, which England, captained by Ben Stokes won 3-0.