India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has tested positive to COVID-19 as his side zeroes in on a five-Test away series against England.
The India camp, led by captain Virat Kohli, is currently in London but about to enter a bio-security bubble and set off for a tour match in Durham.
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Pant underwent a COVID-19 test just over a week ago and, although he’s asymptomatic, he returned a positive result.
Pant has been in isolation since taking the test and will not travel to Durham.
Former star India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh wished the 21-Test entertainer well in a Twitter post, saying: “Get well soon champion.”
Retired India cricketer Suresh Raina also made a post, saying: “Get well soon brother … Wish you a speedy recovery.”
India have remained in England since losing to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final.
India’s players were given 20 days off and, during that time, Pant joined some of his teammates for England’s round of 16 European Championship match against Germany at Wembley Stadium.
While attending the European Championship was permitted, Pant copped significant backlash after posting a photo on social media in which he wasn’t wearing a mask.
The first Test between India and England will get underway on August 4 at Trent Bridge.
This series will begin the second cycle of the World Test Championship.
New Zealand beat India by eight wickets in the inaugural World Test Championship final last month.
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