The Indian cricket team’s problems are worsening as COVID-19 wreaks havoc in the United Kingdom. Following Rishabh Pant, a member of the Indian team in England’s support staff tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of this development, three other coaching assistants have been quarantined. The four, along with Rishabh Pant, would not be travelling to Durham with the team.
Pant tested positive for the Covid -19 virus in England and is currently being treated at home, according to The Indian Express. Pant is currently quarantined at his relatives’ home and will most likely join the tour party in Durham later.
A source close to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed to news agency PTI that Pant has been isolated for the past eight days. According to the source, he is currently asymptomatic.
“He is in quarantine at a friend’s house and will not be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” he said, without specifying when the 23-year-old will rejoin the squad.
He will, however, most likely be subjected to a COVID-19 test in the coming days.
The rest of the squad, minus Pant and the injured Shubman Gill, flew from London to Durham on Thursday. Gill had suffered a leg injury earlier this month and had left the team’s bio-bubble.
The news comes on the heels of BCCI secretary Jay Shah sending an e-mail to the Indian contingent warning them about the rise in COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom.
The break was granted to the players following the team’s loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship last month.
“One player tested positive, but he has been isolated for the last eight days. “Because he was not staying in a hotel with the team, no other players were harmed,” BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla told PTI.
“As of this writing, no other player has tested positive. You should also be aware that our secretary, Jay Shah, has written a letter to all players urging them to follow protocol,” Shukla added.
Pant is believed to have been affected by the Delta variant, which has resulted in an increase in the number of cases in England. Last month, he was seen attending a Euro championship match and even posting pictures on his social media accounts.
He was given a test after developing a low-grade fever.