Cricket Board of India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly in defense of the youngster Rishabh Pant, who got on social media levels because he was not careful after his positive covid-19 test result.
Rishabh Pant was the first member of the Indian contingent to undergo a positive test for the virus on July 8; he has since been quarantined.
The flyhalf went to watch a Euro 2020 football match in a packed Wembley Stadium. He clicked some photos with fans and posted them on social media.
It should be noted that the whole team India was interrupted three weeks after the final loss of WTC against New Zealand last month.
Sourav Ganguly has now said that it would not be possible for players to wear their masks all the time, especially if the British government itself had not lifted the strict covid-19 protocols.
‘We saw the Euro Championship and Wimbledon in England. Rules have changed (with crowds allowed inside places). “They were on leave and it is physically impossible to wear a mask all the time,” the BCCI president told News18.com.
On the question of whether there is any concern after more than one member tested positive. The former Indian captain immediately replied: “No problem. It’s going well with them.”
BCCI’s update on covid in Indian camp:
The BCCI confirmed on Thursday that not only Pant but also training assistant Dayanand Garani tested positive for the virus.
While the wicketkeeper is close to quarantine, and will also be able to join the rest of the group in Durham after taking two negative RT-PCR tests, Garani is placed in isolation. Not only that, three other members of the group, bowling coach, B. Arun, Wriddhiman Saha, and Abhimanyu Easwaran were in close contact with Garani, and they have all been subject to the ten-day quarantine since July 14, when Garani tested . positive following RT-PCR tests.
‘The entire Indian contingent, including traveling family members and caretakers, was given the second dose of covide vaccine in London earlier this month. To reduce any further risks, the Indian contingent is taking the lateral flow test daily, ‘BCCI added in a statement.
Virat Kohli’s team will begin their preparations for the upcoming five-match Test series against England, which starts on August 4, with a three-day warm-up match in the Emirates Riverside against County XI starting on July 20.