Unease Over India vs. England Series as COVID Cases are Rising in UK

The ECB said in a statement that seven members of the England cricket squad, including three players and four staff personnel, had tested positive for Covid-19. Over the last month, the United Kingdom has reported about 410 cases per million people, making it one of the highest cases per capita. On Wednesday, it reported 42,302 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since January 15. Recently Covid 19 attacked outside the England squad; two Indian cricketers have also been infected in the UK. Both the teams are fully vaccinated

Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper-batsman, and Dayanand Garani, the training assistant/net bowler, both came back positive. After getting into regular contact with Garani, bowling coach Bharath Arun, Wriddhiman Saha, and Abhimanyu Easwaran have all been instructed to quarantine themselves. These occurrences have raised the alarm throughout the cricketing community about India vs England 2021.

“I believe only time will tell as far as the series is concerned. I sincerely hope it is not cancelled. But I’m sure the Indian squad would be eagerly anticipating Pant’s return to training,” Mohith Sharma said.

Pant’s admirers were ready to cast criticism at him for not wearing a mask after he emerged with a positive result over a week ago. Pant was one of the fans that gathered at Wembley Stadium on June 30 to see an England vs Germany Euro match. He has, however, won support from Mohit Sharma and former India bowler RP Singh, who have asked followers not to pass harsh judgement on him. 

“It’s unjust to hold him responsible. During the Euro, as much as half of England was also on the streets,” Sharma added.

” Everyone dealing with Covid 19 attack is going through a difficult period, so please don’t pass harsh judgement on the players. RP Singh tweeted, “They need our help.” Suresh Raina, a former India cricketer, and Harbhajan Singh, an off-spinner, both wished him a fast recovery.

“Fortunately, there’s no need to be concerned because one of the players has already tested negative after testing positive. The other player, who is presently in isolation, will be evaluated on Sunday. He is also asymptomatic, and we are optimistic that he will be able to attend the camp following the negative findings and probably the India vs. England series,” the insider added.

When asked whether there was anything more to be concerned about, seeing as the players were on a break after the WTC final, the source replied that all of the other players were OK and that routine testing was ongoing. “For the time being, they’re all good, but we’ll be checking them on a regular basis and according to stringent standards. The safety of the sportsmen is always a key concern, according to the source.

Following a request by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Indian squad will play a warm-up match against a County Championship XI team from ECB. The BCCI has requested a warm-up game from the ECB before India vs England 2021.

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  1. https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/7-members-of-england-cricket-team-test-positive-for-covid-19-stokes-to-lead-against-pakistan-7391566/
  2. https://www.news18.com/cricketnext/news/ind-vs-eng-team-india-player-tests-positive-for-covid-19-quarantining-at-relatives-place-3964277.html
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