Rishabh Pant returns with Indian team for England tour after COVID-19 fear


Indian cricket team wicket keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is back with the team for the next round of testing in England on Thursday after recovering from COVID-19.

Pant was due to undergo COVID-19 and cardiac tests on Monday after completing his 10-day isolation period under UK guidelines. Pant tested positive for the virus during the team’s 20-day break after the World Testing Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton.

“Hello @ RishabhPant17, nice to see you again #TeamIndia,” BCCI tweeted with a photo of Rishabh Pant.

Pant, who had not stayed at the team’s hotel during the 20-day break, tested positive on July 8. He was under close surveillance by the BCCI medical team and was on the verge of recovery.

“He will be able to join the team in Durham after making two negative RT-PCR tests,” BCCI said in a statement.

The BCCI medical team had also identified Bharat Arun, bowling coach, Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran as close contacts of Dayanand Garani (masseur projection specialist), who was at the team’s hotel when ‘he tested positive following RT-PCR testing on July 14.

The four staff members are undergoing 10-day isolation and will stay in their respective rooms at the team’s hotel in London. The entire Indian contingent, including traveling family members and guards, received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month in London. To mitigate any additional risk, the Indian contingent passes the lateral flow test daily.


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