Sourav Ganguly, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has defended under-fire Rishabh Pant after the wicket-keeper batsman tested positive for Covid-19 in England. Earlier, it was revealed that Rishabh Pant and the team’s training assistant/net bowler Dayanand Garani tested positive for COVID-19 and will not travel with the rest of the squad to Durham where the team will play a practice match ahead of their five-match Test series against England.
“We have seen Euro Championship and Wimbledon in England. Rules have changed (with the crowd being allowed inside venues). They were on leave and it’s physically impossible to wear a mask all the time,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by News 18.
After the World Test Championship final, the Indian players were granted a 20-day break. During the break, Pant was spotted with his friends at the Wembley Stadium during one of the European Championship matches between England and Germany.
Bowling coach Bharat Arun, Wriddhiman Saha and Abhimanyu Easwaran were identified as close contacts and were told to isolate themselves.
The rest of the squad travelled to Durham on Thursday. When Ganguly was asked about the possible replacement of injured Shubman Gill, the former India captain said he does not interfere in the selection process.
“I don’t interfere in all these matters. Team Management will decide this,” Ganguly said.