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BCCI confirms Pant, Garani test positive and three other isolates

Durham: Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is close to completing his self-quarantine period while training assistant/net bowler Dayanand Garani has tested positive for Covid-19, informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday.

The BCCI Medical Team have identified B. Arun, Bowling Coach, Wriddhiman Saha, and Abhimanyu Easwaran as close contacts of Garani, who was in the team hotel when he tested positive following RT-PCR tests on July 14. The four personnel will undergo 10-day isolation and will remain in their respective rooms in the team hotel in London.

The news of positive tests of Pant and Garani and isolation of Arun, Saha and Easwaran was confirmed through a statement by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), whose callous approach in managing the three-week break after the World Test Championship (WTC) final resulted in this.

“Pant, who had not stayed in the team hotel during the break period, tested positive on July 8. He is asymptomatic and currently undergoing self-isolation at the place where he reported positive. He is being closely monitored by the BCCI medical team and is on his way to recovery. He will be able to join the squad in Durham (for the team camp) after returning two negative RT-PCR tests,” said a statement from the BCCI.

“The BCCI medical team have identified B. Arun, bowling coach, [wicketkeeper] Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran as close contacts of Garani, who was in the team hotel when he tested positive following RT-PCR tests on 14th July. The four personnel will undergo 10-day isolation and will remain in their respective rooms in the team hotel in London,” added the statement.

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The Indian team will play a warm-up game from July 20 to 22 against a County Championship XI team that is being arranged by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after a request from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The entire Indian contingent including traveling family members and caretakers were administered the second dose of the COVID vaccine earlier this month in London. To mitigate any further risks, the Indian contingent is taking the Lateral Flow Test on a daily basis.

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