Indian opening batsman Prithvi Shaw and middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who are currently in Sri Lanka under strict quarantine, have to return three negative RT-PCR tests before they depart for England. Both players were told to be isolated by the Indian team management after they were in close contact with the all-rounder Krunal Pandya who was tested positive for the virus on Tuesday ahead of the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka. The fixture on Tuesday was postponed for a day after the all-rounder tested positive. Eight players are in isolation in Colombo including Shaw and Yadav.
According to the reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are planning to find a replacement for the Mumbai duo, since the England government’s strict rules might not allow both the players fit in time to feature in the five-match Test series against England starting on August 4.
After a late decision from the BCCI has guaranteed that Yadav and Shaw will travel to the United Kingdom as the original replacements to the injured players Avesh Khan, Washington Sundar and Shubman Gill.
According to The Indian Express, the BCCI is making efforts for Yadav and Shaw to be with the Indian team for the highly anticipated five-match Test series against England. The duo will have to undergo mandatory three COVID-19 tests and return negative each time to board a flight for the UK. The Mumbai batsmen weren’t allowed to play the last two T20I of the India tour of Sri Lanka. The hosts lost the ODI series 2-1 while won the T20I series 2-1.
The five-match Test series between India and England will start the second two-year cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC). Both teams will be aiming to kick start the two-year-long tournament with a comprehensive victory.