Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control 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 Test collection 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 apply match.
The BCCI, in a press assertion, stated Pant was “asymptomatic” and “will be able to join the squad in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests.”
Three others – wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, and bowling coach B Arun — have been recognized as shut contacts of Garani. They have been requested to confine themselves to their rooms for 10 days as a precaution.
Ganguly, in a chat with News18, defended Pant and stated that it’s “physically impossible to wear a mask all the time”. “We have recently seen European Championship and Wimbledon in England. Rules have changed. They were on leave and it’s physically impossible to wear a mask all the time,” he stated.
After the ICC World Test Championship remaining, the crew was granted a 20-day break throughout which Pant was noticed at the Wembley Stadium, London throughout the UEFA Euro 2020 last-16 tie between England and Germany.
Asked about opening choices in the absence of injured Shubman Gill, Ganguly stated, “I don’t interfere in all these matters. The team management will decide this.”