Rishabh Pant is the Indian player who has tested positive for COVID-19 in England, according to PTI. The report said he had turned a positive result more than a week back and is asymptomatic.
Pant was among the players who had visited the Wembley stadium to watch an England vs Germany Euro match.
Pant is currently in isolation in his acquaintance’s place and will not join the rest of the side in Durham immediately.
“Yes, one player has tested positive but he has been in isolation for the last eight days. He was not staying in any hotel with the team, so no other player has been affected. But I can’t divulge the name of the player," BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla told PTI on Thursday.
“As of now no other player has tested positive. Also you must be aware our secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to all players to maintain protocols," Shukla added.
PTI sources in BCCI too claimed that the player in question is Pant.
“He is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday," a BCCI source said.
It is understood that he has been afflicted by the Delta variant which has led to rising number of cases in England, PTI said.
Shah, in his letter, told the players to “avoid" crowded places as Covishield, the vaccine which has been given to the team, only provides protection, not full immunity against the virus.
In fact, Shah’s letter had specifically stated that players should avoid going to Wimbledon and Euro Championships, which recently concluded there.
The first Test against England is scheduled for August 4 in Trent Bridge. India are to play a three-day warm-up match against a select county championship XI from July 20 in Durham.