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Rishabh Pant tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of England test series

India’s primary wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant came under fire after he was spotted attending a Euro 2020 match last month. The cricketer took to his social media accounts and posted pictures of himself with football fans.

While the pictures went viral across social media portals, fans slammed the cricketer for breaching the bubble. Apart from Pant, senior cricketer, Ravichandran Ashwin was also seen attending Wimbledon matches.

In a shocking development, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant contracted the virus infection during the 20-day break as reported by PTI. As a result, he will not be travelling to Durham where his teammates are scheduled to assemble before the forthcoming five-match Test series against England.

Rishabh Pant is asymptomatic: Report

The news agency further added saying that a BCCI source confirmed that Pant contracted the virus infection. The source said that the wicketkeeper-batsman has been isolated for the past 8 days. As per the source, the young wicketkeeper is asymptomatic at this point.

“He is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” the source added.

The Indian cricketers were on a two-week break after the end of the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Earlier, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said that 1 out of 23 players was tested positive for COVID-19 and has been kept in isolation.


“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,” he added.

It has been learnt that Pant has been affected by the Delta variant virus which led to the increasing number of cases in England.

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