Following Rishabh Pant returning a positive Covid test, four other members of the Indian contingent in England are forced into a 10-day quarantine period. BCCI's tweet confirmed that one of these four members is the throwdown specialist Dayanand Garani who tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday (July 14). The other three members include a coach, a senior player (according to ESPNCricinfo) and a reserve player, all of whom returned negative tests but are advised to isolate after being in contact with Garani. PTI suggest that the reserve player is the wicketkeeper-batsman, Wriddhiman Saha.
All of them are currently in London while the rest are reaching Durham this evening after reassembling from a 20-day break. London to Durham is a five-hour bus journey.
The developments mean India have lost both their prime wicketkeeping batsmen ahead of the practice match scheduled to start on July 20 against a combined county side. Though, they still have the makeshift wicketkeeper in KL Rahul with the squad. Pant returned a positive test on July 8.
A BCCI source confirmed that Pant has been in isolation for the past eight days. It is understood that Pant has been afflicted by the Delta variant which has led to rising number of cases in England. He was seen attending a Euro championship match last month and posted pictures on his social media accounts. He underwent a test after experiencing low grade fever.
He is, according to the source, 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," he said without divulging when the 23-year-old will join the squad.
Pant is likely to undergo a Covid-19 test in the next couple of days and can join the squad after two negative tests.
The rest of the squad, sans the injured Shubman Gill, left for Durham on Thursday from London. Gill had sustained a leg injury earlier this month and the young batsman had left the team's bio-bubble.