India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has joined the team bio-bubble in England after being recovered from novel coronavirus.
The 23-year-old, who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, has completed his 10-day isolation period and has now returned to the India squad ahead of the upcoming five-match Test series against England.
Confirming the news, the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday took to its official Twitter handle and wrote, “Hello @RishabhPant17, great to have you back.”
Pant contracted the virus during Indian team’s 20-day break from bio-bubble life in England following the conclusion of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton. He had developed mild symptoms and was kept in isolation.
The youngster will join the team after returning with two negative RT-PCR tests.
“He will be able to join the squad in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests,” the Indian cricket board said in its latest statement.
Notably, after Rishabh Pant tested positive for COVID-19, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah had sent a cautionary letter to the Indian contingent, asking the players to avoid crowded gatherings like Wimbledon and Euro 2020 matches.
The Virat Kohli-led side is currently playing a warm-up match against the County XI side in Durham, before heading to Nottingham for the first Test against England, starting from August 4.