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Wriddhiman Saha tests negative for Covid-19, to be part of the England tour

By Bet Barter

May 18, 2021

Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha has tested negative for Covid-19 and is expected to be a part of the 20-man squad for the England tour. The SRH batsman has returned negative tests twice during his quarantine period. Saha had tested positive for the virus during IPL 2021 before the league was suspended on May 4. The Bengal batsman has completed almost two weeks of isolation. Wriddhiman Saha just played two games in the first half of the IPL 2021. According to SRH coach VVS Laxman, he was all set to play the match against Rajasthan. However, it was reported that the Bengal player wasn't in good health that day and had to sit out on the bench. Before the IPL was suspended, Saha tested positive for COVID-19. He was isolated immediately from the rest of the SRH team members.

Saha's selection for the England tour will depend on fitness clearance

India's tour of England is going to start on June 18. Team India will face New Zealand in the World Test Championship final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Virat Kohli and the team had qualified for the WTC final when they defeated England at home earlier this year. Before that, the Men in Blue also retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia by winning the four-match Test series 2-1. 

Wriddhiman Saha hasn't been India's first-choice wicketkeeper for quite some time now. Instead, India has preferred Rishabh Pant. The young wicket-keeper batsman has been exceptional both with the bat and keeping gloves. In the series against Australia and England, Rishabh Pant scored many runs to impress the Indian selection committee.

Saha was earlier named in the 20-member team for the England tour. Nevertheless, his selection for the tour depends on fitness clearance. The Bengal batsman is set to join his teammates, who will quarantine in Mumbai before leaving for England in the month of June. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has issued a strict warning to its players traveling to England over Covid-19 precautions. If any player tests positive for the virus, he will be ruled out of the upcoming England tour. The Indian cricket board has also asked the cricketers to take the dose of Covishield and not covaxin before heading to England so that the second dose can be made available to them there itself.

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