In what was a shocking development, Indian wicketkeeper and batsman Rishabh Pant was found to have tested COVID-19 positive ahead of the Indian team’s reassembly and travel to Durham for the three-day practice game.
As per multiple reports, stated that since Pant has tested positive for Covid-19, he will not be joining the Indian side when all the other players rejoin back ahead of the Test series against England. Post the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, the Indian team members left the bio-bubble to explore London and spend time with the family outside the bubble.
Rishabh Pant had attended the recently concluded Euro 2020 tournament at the Wembley Stadium. Apart from Pant, even Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah had also attended the football tournament as well. Apart from them, Ravichandran Ashwin and coach Ravi Shastri were seen attending the 2021 Wimbledon Championship.
Harbhajan Singh And Suresh Raina Tweet Wishes For Rishabh Pant After COVID Positive Diagnosis
Rishabh Pant will now have to stay in isolation and will miss the three-day practice game at Emirates Riverside in Durham against the Select Counties XI which will be played from July 20-22. Many wishes have been directed towards Pant ever since the news of him testing positive broke out. And, leading the wishes for Pant are two Indian cricketers, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh.
Get well soon champion @RishabhPant17
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 15, 2021
Get well soon brother @RishabhPant17. Wish you a speedy recovery.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 15, 2021
After the news of Pant testing positive broke out, the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jay Shah reportedly wrote a letter to the Indian team regarding bio bubble protocols.
The five-match Test series will start with the first Test to be played at the Trent Bridge ground in Nottingham. The second Test will be played from August 12 at Lord’s, the third Test match will be played from August 25 at Leeds, the fourth Test will be played at the Oval from September 2nd and the last and fifth Test will be played in Manchester from September 10.
This Test series will be the first assignment for Virat Kohli and co. in the second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC).