Indian Cricket Superstar Tests Positive for Covid-19

Rishabh Pant has tested positive for Covid-19.

With a vital test series against England looming, Pant, 23, will not travel to Durham to join his team in a bio secure bubble before the series begins on 4 August.

His manager told BBC Sport that Rishabh has been "quarantining for the past week. [He] is asymptomatic, so things are fine".

Since their defeat to New Zealand in the world test championship final, most of the Indian squad has remained in the United Kingdom.

The news came amid reports that the secretary of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jay Shah, emailed the Indian test squad concerning the rising incidence rate of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Reports said Shah had told the players to "avoid" crowded places, and going to tennis Grand Slam Wimbledon and football's European Championship, which recently took place in the UK.

While there is no information on where he acquired the virus, Pant attended the Euro 2020 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium two weeks ago.

The BCCI vice-president told PTI the following:

"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."

Given the entire England white ball squad having to isolate, and the IPL having been cancelled due to the virus, there must be concerns about the security of cricket going on unimpeded this summer.


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