India tour of England: After Rishabh Pant, 1 more member of Indian Cricket squad tests positive, Saha, Eashwaran & Bharat Arun quarantined

India tour of England: After Rishabh Pant, 1 more member of Indian Cricket squad tests positive, 3 more quarantined
India tour of England: After Rishabh Pant, 1 more member of Indian Cricket squad tests positive, 3 more quarantined

India tour of England – Covid-19 in Indian Cricket Team: After Rishabh Pant, it is confirmed now that one more member of the Indian squad has tested positive for Covid-19 in England. As per BCCI, the Indian cricket team’s throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani has also tested COVID-19 positive. He along with 3 support team members have been asked to quarantine. Meanwhile, senior player Wriddhiman Saha is being forced to isolate as a close contact as per the protocols.

Covid-19 in Indian Cricket Team Camp – Latest Updates

  • Rishabh Pant has tested positive
  • Throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani tests positive
  • Wridhimman Saha Quarantined
  • Abhimanyu Easwaran Quarantined
  • Bowling Coach Bharat Arun Quarantined

BCCI statement:

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant nears completion of his self-quarantine period. Pant, who had not stayed in the team hotel during the break period, tested positive on 8th July. He will be able to join the squad in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests.

The BCCI Medical Team have identified B. Arun, Bowling Coach, Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran as close contacts of Garani, who was in the team hotel when he tested positive following RT-PCR tests on 14th July. The four personnel will undergo 10-day isolation and will remain in their respective rooms in the team hotel in London.

The entire Indian contingent including travelling family members and caretakers were administered with the second dose of covid vaccine earlier this month in London. To mitigate any further risks, the Indian contingent is taking the Lateral Flow Test on a daily basis.

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India tour of England – Covid-19 in Indian Cricket Team: Watching EURO 2020 game from the packed stadium proved costly for Indian & Delhi Capitals Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Few weeks earlier the player was spotted with a friend at a packed Wembley Stadium enjoying the Euro 2020 knock-out match between England and Germany, and it is being reliably learnt that 10 days back Pant tested positive. 

India tour of England – Rishabh Pant tests positive: As per information available, sources informed InsideSport.co that the player in question is wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.

“He (Pant) is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” a BCCI source said. The report further stated that he has been possibly afflicted by the Delta variant which has led to rising number of cases in England.

India tour of England – Rishabh Pant tests positive: In fact, Pant has been tested positive over  a week now and has been asymptomatic and recovering well.

“Yes, one player has tested positive but he has been in isolation for the last eight days. He was not staying in any hotel with the team, so no other player has been affected. But I can’t divulge the name of the player,” BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla told PTI on Thursday.

“As of now no other player has tested positive. Also you must be aware our secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to all players to maintain protocols,” Shukla added.

India tour of England: Watching Rishabh Pant, ‘doing well after testing positive’, EURO 2020 game at a packed Wembley Stadium proves costly for the Indian stumper

Earlier ANI reported that two of the 23 Indian cricketers in the ongoing tour of England have tested positive for COVID-19 during the 20-day break and will not be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday.

BCCI & Virat Kohli’s team India in England is in lurch. Even England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is worried about the development. BCCI has passed message to the Indian team management to reassemble in Durham before end of the day today. 

BCCI & ECB is now suspecting that there can be more positive cases in the Indian camp. It is worth noting that the Indian players currently on break were earlier tested on July 10 th and again on July 14 th. The positive test report of the Indian Cricketer is from 10th July test and the reports for the tests undertaken yesterday are yet to be received. 

“All players will reassemble in Durham today. The player who has been tested positive will stay isolated. We will  now not allow players to mingle around till we get reports of the test undertaken yesterday.”, worried BCCI official told InsideSport.co early in the morning today. 
 
BCCI & ECB has asked the positive tested player to stay in home quarantine at his relative’s place. The positive tested player will not travel to Durham today and will be tested once again in the next 48 hours. 
 
It is worth noting that Indian team is scheduled to play two practice games in Durham. The first 3 day match vs Select County XI is scheduled for 20th July. 
 

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India tour of England – BCCI, ECB worries their can be more Covid-19 positives in Indian camp? 

India tour of England – Indian Cricketer Test Positive: The positive tested player initially experienced a sore throat after which he tested positive for COVID-19. The concerned player was continuously mingling with few of the teammates and members of support staff and this fact is making BCCI & ECB more worried. 

“We have asked teammates and support staff who came in contact with the player to isolate themselves for next three days. They will travel to Durham but will be asked to get in quarantine. We are just waiting for their test reports for the tests undertaken on Tuesday”, said the BCCI official to InsideSport.co

Covid cases in England are rising past few days. 

The development in the Indian camp comes days after a number of players in England squad tested positive ahead of the ODI series against Pakistan. It forced the ECB to send the entire England squad including captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root into isolation. A second-string side led by Ben Stokes were named to play the 3 match ODI series as a replacement. 

Earlier Sri Lanka batting coach Grant Flower and SLC team members had also tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of India’s ODI series against Sri Lanka. They were returning after a limited-overs series against England. As a result, the series opener got pushed by 5 days to July 18.

India Tour of England: Indian team vs Select County XI in Durham scheduled for 20th July

India are set to play a three-day warm-up match starting July 20 against a County Select XI at Chester-le-Street in Durham. India will use the Riverside Ground “as a home venue for their preparations this summer”, a release from Durham Cricket stated on Wednesday.
 
“The three-day game will see a number of players from the county circuit feature as they go up against the Indian national side,” the release said.
 
There will be 90 overs scheduled per day with the game being played “strictly behind closed doors”, and will be streamed on Durham Cricket’s YouTube channel.
 
The match will help India to prepare for the five-Test series starting August 4 in Trent Bridge.
 

Indian players were allowed to leave the bio-bubble for 20 days for a break after the WTC Final. They will re-enter the bubble ahead of the practice matches from July 20. Notably, the Test series between India and England kicks off on August 4.

India’s tour of England, 2021-22
Sr. Date Match Venue
       
1 4th – 8th August 1st Test vs England Nottingham
2 12th – 16th August 2nd Test vs England London (Lord’s)
3 25th – 29th August 3rd Test vs England Leeds
4 2nd – 6th September 4th Test vs England London (Oval)
5 10th – 14th September 5th Test vs England Manchester
 

India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper).

Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla

India tour of England: Bad news, Indian player tests positive for COVID-19, quarantined

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(with ANI inputs)

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