News of India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant shocking the entire cricketing world on Thursday with COVID-19 positive Pant is part of the current Indian Test squad that is touring England for a five-match Test series to be held next month. The players got a 20-day break after playing the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand last month. There are reports that Pant tested positive during the break and was isolated at his friend’s house in England. After he was found to be positive, there were reports that another Indian player was found to be Kovid-19 positive in England. However, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla has denied the reports that the two players have seen Corona positive, saying it was a rumor.
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Shukla said of Pant that she has only been positive and her report comes eight days ago. Pant is now in isolation and after completing 10 days of separation, he will once again have a corona test. Shukla said, ‘One player (Kovid) was seen as positive and there were traits in him. He was living with his relatives. They are separate and doing well. They were positive eight days ago, so now they have only two days to end their quarantine. After that they are tested again.
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The BCCI vice-president condemned the rumors that two Indian players were corona positive in England and said the Indian team was better. Shukla confirmed that BCCI secretary Jay Shah had mailed the team’s management, warning all players on the tour to follow the COVID guidelines. He said, ‘There was no problem and no other player was found to be Kovid positive. All this is spreading a rumor. Team India is fine. Secretary Jay Shaw has written to the team’s management that everyone should follow the Kovid protocol and the team must be very careful.
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Pant had reached Wimble Stadium a few days ago with his friends to watch the match between England and Germany in Euro 2020. Jasprit Bumrah and his wife Sanjana Ganesan also watched the match at Wembley Stadium. Pant is expected to recover until the England Test series but will be ruled out of the warm-up match against County Select XI.