The Indian cricket team in the UK was in turmoil after the wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and a member of support staff tested positive for COVID-19. InsideSport has reported that all members of the Indian team have tested negative apart from the two positive cases of Pant and a member of support staff.
According to the BCCI sources, there’s some relief for the COVID-19 hit Indian camp in the UK as all three quarantined members from the Indian contingent Wriddhiman Saha, back-up opener Abhimanyu Easwaran and bowling coach Bharat Arun have tested negative in the first round of RT-PCR Tests.
“All have tested negative and have cleared the RT-PCR Test. But as per the local protocols Saha, Easwaran & Arun will not travel to Durham and have been asked to stay in team hotel in London,” confirms the BCCI source.
“Pant is doing good but will stay isolated for next 7 days. Since testing positive, twice he has been tested and good news is he tested negative in both,” the source added.
According to InsideSport, there are chances that Rishabh Pant might play the second tour match starting on 28th July as his quarantine concludes on 18th July. Saha’s quarantine will end on 24th July.
On the other hand, every Indian team member for the next seven days has to go through lateral flow tests as per the BCCI release on Thursday.
The BCCI and Indian team management are confident that Pant will be available for the first Test against England, starting from August 4. As both Pant and Saha are in quarantine, KL Rahul is the only contender left to keep the wickets in the tour matches. The Indian camp is also keen to try Rahul at the opening slot along with Rohit Sharma.
India will be playing a three-day warm-up game against County Select XI in Durham from July 20. An intra-squad game will be also played in the following week as final preparations ahead of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on August 4.
The first practice match against County Select XI will be played with no spectators and the game will be streamed on Durham Cricket’s official Youtube channel.