England recently had their own COVID-19 Corona Virus problem, which forced them to field a whole new one-day team against Pakistan after three players and four support staff tested positive. Since last month’s World Test Championship (WTC) final loss to New Zealand in Southampton, the Indian squad has been in England.
An Indian cricket board official confirmed on Thursday that an Indian player tested positive for COVID-19 in England, ahead of the sides’ five-match series next month.
According to a Reuters official who declined to be identified, the player has been isolated, and the rest of the group will convene in Durham ahead of their warm-up match next week.
The series kicks off on August 4 in Nottingham. England recently experienced their own COVID-19 issue, forcing them to field a whole new one-day team against Pakistan after three players and four support personnel tested positive.The Indian team has been in England since last month’s World Test Championship (WTC) final loss to New Zealand in Southampton. From Tuesday, Virat Kohli and his team will play a three-day encounter against a County Select XI behind closed doors.
Ravichandran Ashwin got some match practise for Surrey on Wednesday, capturing six second-innings wickets in a drawn County Championship match against Somerset.Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has defended the board’s decision not to enforce rigorous bio-bubble restrictions for the forthcoming five-match Test series against India, which begins on August 4 in Nottingham.
In terms of how we deal with COVID-19 Corona Virus, we’re in a different situation than we were a year or even six months ago. “We’re actually trying to understand how to live with it and build safe surroundings for people rather than bio-secure places,” Harrison was cited by Cricbuzz as adding.”There is a significant difference between the two. Players are simply sick of bio-security, bubbles, and the terminology we’ve grown accustomed to. Time apart from family has had a negative influence on athletes’ mental health. We just cannot operate in such climate in the future “He said.
Concerns regarding the sustainability of the Test series between England and India have already arisen, owing to the COVID-19 Corona Virusinstances inside the India camp. Rishabh Pant, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman, and four other members of the Indian delegation in England have been quarantined in London for ten days.On July 14, one of the support staff members, Dayanand Garani, a training assistant/net bowler, tested positive for Covid-19. Aside from Garani, others quarantined include bowling coach Bharat Arun, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, and reserve opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, all of whom were recognised as intimate connections.
According to a BCCI announcement issued Thursday evening, Pant has not been sleeping at the team hotel, implying that he is unlikely to have harmed any other India players and that he is “on his path to recovery.” Pant will be eligible to join the rest of India’s team after passing two RT-PCR tests.The same regulation applies to the other four people who are now quarantined.The remainder of the Indian team is on its way to Durham, where they will arrive in the evening after reuniting in London after a 20-day hiatus.
Pant, Saha, and Easwaran will miss the team’s three-day practise game against a County Championship XI beginning July 20.The match will be contested behind closed doors, with 90 overs played each day. Durham Cricket will broadcast the game live on YouTube. Rishabh Pant, 23, has been quarantined for eight days after testing positive for HIV on July 8. He was most likely infected while watching England’s Euro 2020 round of 16 matches against Germany on June 30. According to the Indian cricket board, Pant is asymptomatic.