Sourav Ganguly defends Rishabh Pant after he was chastised for not wearing a mask during a Euro 2020 match.
After infecting as many as 7 players of the England cricket team’s camp ahead of the Pakistan ODI series, Covid-19 reached the Indian camp too, with Rishabh Pant and throwdown specialist, Dayanand Garani, acquiring the illness. Since the news of Pant’s infection surfaced, a number of fans have chastised the wicket-keeper batsman for not donning a mask to see England play Germany at Euro 2020. Pant has now being defended by Sourav Ganguly.
The Covid rules in England differ significantly from those in India. Indeed, beginning of July 19, the UK government has chosen to eliminate all limitations. Whether it’s the wearing of masks or social distance, none of these rules will be enforced in the near future.
The authorities had even permitted supporters to attend Euro 2020 matches at London’s Wembley Stadium, making it the first time fans had returned in such a large number.
Pant, along with a few pals, arrived at the stadium on June 29 to see the great match between England and Germany. He posted photos from his visit to social media. Fans began to wonder why the wicket-keeper batsman was not wearing a mask. When it was revealed that he had contracted the virus, some fans went completely insane, blaming his Wembley appearance as the probable cause of infection.
Pant has been chastised, particularly because he did not wear a mask at Wembley. However, Sourav Ganguly, the head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), believes Pant does not deserve to be chastised for what he did during his vacation.
In England, we’ve seen the Euro Championship and Wimbledon. The rules have shifted (with the crowd being allowed inside venues). They were on leave, and wearing a mask all the time is physically impossible.
Pant will miss India’s three-day practise match against Select County XI, which begins on July 20. After he returns with two negative Covid-19 tests, the wicket-keeper batsman will be permitted to join the squad.
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