The global pandemic novel COVID-19 has finally hit the Indian camp too in England. A player from the Indian cricket team in England has been tested positive for the deadly virus and he is currently staying in isolation as well, as per the news of The Indian Express.
However, the player is currently at home quarantined at his relatives’ place and he is likely to join the tour party in Durham later. On the other hand, the Indian squad which got a few days break following the inaugural World Test Championship final against New Zealand will return to bio-bubble in Durham on Thursday a swell.
While the name of the player wasn’t revealed earlier, sources said that the player experienced a sore throat, which led him to do a Covid test and it returned positive. And, later it was known that it’s the young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant who has been affected by the deadly virus. Meanwhile, his teammates and support staff, who came in contact with him, have been kept in isolation for three days and they have completed their isolation period as well.
However, the news of the Indian cricketer testing positive for the virus comes amid the situation where England is facing the third wave and the England camp has already hit by the virus ahead of their limited-overs home series against Pakistan. And, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that seven members of the team including three players and four staff members had been tested positive for Covid-19, which is why they announced a fresh team, led by Ben Stokes.
In his statement, ECB chief executive Tom Harrison has also mentioned the Delta variant of the virus that affected the squad members. “We have been mindful that the emergence of the Delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of biosecure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak. We made a strategic choice to try to adapt protocols, in order to support the overall wellbeing of our players and management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions,” Harrison had said.
Notably, the five-match Test series between India and England will start from August 4 as well.