Two Indian cricketers test positive for coronavirus in England; one identified as Rishabh Pant

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Two Indian cricketers, currently part of the Indian cricket team touring England, have tested positive for coronavirus. One of them has been identified as wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. A statement from the BCCI said that the other individual testing positive was training assistant/net bowler Dayanand Garani.

According to news agency ANI, two players tested positive for coronavirus with one of them having tested negative recently, adding that the second player would be tested on 18 July, on the 10th day of his isolation.

According to the BCCI, one of the Indian cricketers testing positive for COVID-19 was Rishabh Pant. Pant had quarantined himself at his relative’s place and would join the rest of the team in Durham once his isolation period is over.

The Indian wicketkeeper had complained of sore throat, which led to the COVID test and it came positive. This had prompted the Indian contingent to isolate themselves for three days.

“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,” the BCCI said.

The news of Indian players testing positive for coronavirus comes days after England were forced to overhaul its team following a COVID outbreak. Ben Stokes had to lead a B-team against Pakistan in the ODI series, which England won 3-0.

Meanwhile, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has reportedly written a letter to the Indian players asking them to avoid crowded places in England.

India are scheduled to take on England in a five-match Test series, starting 4 August.

Team India will begin their preparations for the upcoming five-match Test series against England with a three-day warm-up game at Emirates Riverside against County XI starting on Tuesday next week.