Ganguly in home quarantine after elder brother tests COVID-19 positive

Snehasish Ganguly, Sourav's brother, CAB joint secretary and a former Bengal first-class player, has been admitted to the Belle Vue hospital in Kolkata.

Sourav Ganguly

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly went into home quarantine on Wednesday.   -  PTI

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, on Wednesday, went into home quarantine after his elder brother and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Snehasish Ganguly tested positive for COVID-19.

Snehasish, a former Bengal first-class player, has been admitted to the Belle Vue hospital in Kolkata after his coronavirus report came positive.

"He was suffering from fever for the last few days and his test report came positive today. He's been admitted to Belle Vue Hospital," a CAB official told PTI.

"The reports arrived late in the evening. As per health protocols, even Sourav will have to be in home quarantine for a stipulated period," a source close to the BCCI President added.

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Snehasish had shifted to their ancestral house, where Sourav is based, in Behala after his wife and in-laws at his Mominpur residence tested positive for the dreaded virus.

The former India captain was, however, unavailable for a comment on the development.

Recently, during an interview to India Today, Sourav had spoken about how life around him has changed, making people more vulnerable.

"My brother visits our factories everyday and he is more at risk," the former batting star had said.

Avishek Dalmiya in home quarantine

Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother and CAB joint secretary Snehasish Ganguly is “doing alright” after testing positive for COVID-19. Besides Sourav Ganguly, CAB chief Avishek Dalmiya is also in home quarantine.

Due to the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases, Ganguly was handling all his BCCI work from an office near his residence, while the shooting for his popular Bengali TV show ‘Dadagiri Unlimited Season Eight’ had not resumed. “There was a notice saying that the Rajarhat studio was in a containment zone so we could not resume any shooting for season eight this time,” a crew member told PTI.

Giving a health update on Snehasish, Dalmiya, in a statement issued by CAB, said, “These are tough times. He has admitted himself yesterday at a city hospital. Other than having mild temperature, he is alright at the moment. Wish him a speedy recovery.”

“Yes, I would be undergoing home quarantine for the next few days as per required protocol,” he added.

However, it is unlikely that the BCCI chief and Dalmiya would be tested immediately as protocol requires for some symptoms to show before bring tested.

The CAB offices, meanwhile, will remain closed indefinitely till further notice, Dalmiya said. “The CAB had not opened after Chandan Das, who works in the civil engineering department on a temporary basis, tested positive for COVID-19 on July 4. We will keep it closed indefinitely till further notice,” he said.

While all meetings took place virtually, Dalmiya said he and Snehasish had gone to CAB last week during a brief visit of Kolkata Police officials to turn a few galleries of Eden Gardens into a quarantine facility.

“During the meeting with the Kolkata Police authorities at their headquarters Lal Bazar, only I was present on behalf of the Association. However, Snehasish Ganguly had joined during the later part of their brief visit at Eden Gardens,” he said.

Snehasish’s family - wife, mother-in-law, father-in-law along with their domestic help - had tested positive for COVID-19 on 20 June at their Mominpur residence.

Since then, the elder Ganguly had shifted to their ancestral house ‘Chandi Bhawan’ in Behala where the BCCI president is based.

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