What comes as a sign of relief for the Indian test squad in England is that the duo of Suryakumar Yadav & Prithvi Shaw is all set to fly to the UK to support the Indian test squad.
The two players were named as the replacements for injured Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, and Avesh Khan to play into the Test squad against England. The likes of Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, and Avesh Khan were ruled out of the Test series due to injuries. However, Suryakumar Yadav & Prithvi Shaw were in Sri Lanka for playing in the white ball series. And during their Sri Lanka tour all-rounder, krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19. Since Shaw & Suryakumar were identified as close contacts of Krunal, they too had to be isolated putting their travel plans to England in doubt. However, the duo returned negative in the lateral flow of three COVID-19 tests conducted on them & are all set to fly to England within the next 24 hours.
“They are waiting for their visas. Because of the two holidays (Saturday and Sunday), they could not receive the same through the United Kingdom Embassy office in Sri Lanka. The travel agent has been following up the matter and it is hoped they would leave within 24 hours to join Team India in England,” one of the sources told Deccan Chronicle
Suryakumar Yadav & Prithvi Shaw are currently in Colombo. Under the UK Government provisions, Sri Lanka is on the red list & no person except the UK or Irish citizen can travel to the UK from Sri Lanka. However, under a special provision by the UK Government for elite sportspersons, the duo could enter the UK.
“The UK Government created Elite player exemption earlier this summer to help the Indian touring party travel in the first place. The same rule was used for other sports like football and tennis for the Euros and Wimbledon. And now that is being used for the two new players,” a top ECB official told Cricbuzz.
Suryakumar Yadav & Prithvi Shaw will undergo 10 days quarantine on their arrival in the UK as per the government rules. Hence there are possibilities that the duo won’t feature in the first two tests. India will lock horns with England in a five-match Tets series starting from 4th August in Nottingham.