England’s Sam Curran will not fly to Ahmedabad to rejoin England’s squad for the fourth test match against India said ECB on Thursday due to virus fears associated with the trip.
Sam Curran was rested after last month’s tour of Sri-Lanka as part of England’s ongoing rotation policy with a view of bringing Sam Curran back to the final test in India & the subsequent limited overs section of his visit. But it is understood that a journey from Britain to Ahmedabad would involve more than one commercial flight increasing the chances of Sam Curran get contracted to coronavirus.
As a result team management have decided the best thing for Curran is to join England’s ODI squad for their already-organized private charter flight on February 26.
An ECB statement said: “Originally it was planned that the all-rounder would fly to Ahmedabad in time to be available for the fourth Test in the city, starting on 4 March.
“However, in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, making secure arrangements for such a journey proved too great a logistical challenge.”
Chris Woakes will leave the squad as planned after the third test & Sam Curran was expected to fill his place. However England still have many pace bowling options with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Olly Stone, with Ollie Robinson in reserve.
The four match test series is levelled at 1-1 after India’s 317 runs win at Chennai on Tuesday. The final two matches will both be played in Ahmedabad, with the third Test scheduled to start on February 24.