Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Friday defended Rishabh Pant after the wicketkeeper-batsman examined constructive for COVID-19 in England forward of India’s five-match Check sequence in opposition to the hosts.
On Thursday, the BCCI revealed that Pant and coaching assistant Dayanand Garani examined constructive for the virus in England and won’t journey with the remainder of the squad to Durham the place India is about to play a three-day observe match.
The BCCI, in a press assertion, stated Pant was “asymptomatic” and “will be capable of be a part of the squad in Durham after returning two adverse RT-PCR checks.”
Three others – wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, and bowling coach B Arun — have been recognized as shut contacts of Garani. They’ve been requested to restrict themselves to their rooms for 10 days as a precaution.
Ganguly, in a chat with News18, defended Pant and stated that it’s “bodily not possible to put on a masks on a regular basis”. “Now we have not too long ago seen European Championship and Wimbledon in England. Guidelines have modified. They have been on depart and it’s bodily not possible to put on a masks on a regular basis,” he stated.
After the ICC World Check Championship closing, the group was granted a 20-day break throughout which Pant was noticed on the Wembley Stadium, London throughout the UEFA Euro 2020 last-16 tie between England and Germany.
Requested about opening choices within the absence of injured Shubman Gill, Ganguly stated, “I don’t intrude in all these issues. The group administration will determine this.”