There is some concerning news coming from the Indian camp in England as after Rishabh Pant, one support staff member has also returned positive result for COVID-19. This is not a great news, especially with the England-India series just a weeks away. Pant, who recently attended the Euro 2020 fixture between England and Germany at the Wembley Stadium in London, will miss India’s warm up fixture against select county XI in Durham starting July 20.
A report in Indian Express confirmed that three assistant coaches have been asked to isolate as soon as the support staff member’s report came positive. Earlier today, BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla confirmed that an Indian player has tested positive for the virus. However, he affirmed that all other members are safe and sound and have tested negative for COVID-19.
“One player has been found positive, he was asymptomatic, I won’t disclose the name. He was not staying in the team hotel, he is staying with relatives and is recovering very well. He is in isolation, he was found positive 8 days back. He will be tested again after two days.”
“Team India is fine, there is no problem. Secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to team management everybody should follow the COVID protocols, strict measures whatever could be adopted as per the recommendations must be followed and all safety precautions should be taken and the team has to be very careful during the England tour,” he added.
The Delta Variant is fast spreading in England and has contributed to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Earlier, seven members of the England contingent, including three players tested positive for COVID-19. Later, Sri Lanka batting coach Grant Flower also tested positive, 48 hours after returning from England.