After going into isolation due to being close contacts of all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the plans of Team India batsmen Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw of travelling to England went into a shadow of a doubt. However, as per the latest reports, the two players, who are currently under isolation, can travel to England for the Test series between India and England starting August 4 if they return three negative RT-PCR tests.
On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw in the Team India squad for the five-match Pataudi Trophy as replacement players. The national cricket governing body s making arrangements for the players to travel to England. However, they should present three negative reports for RT-PCR tests to ascertain their participation in the England tour.
After Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19, it was found that he had dined with eight other players of the team on the previous day. These players include Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, K Gowtham, and Ishan Kishan. Although all the players tested negative in the RT-PCR test that was carried out on the following day, they will remain in isolation until Friday.
While Krunal Pandya will remain in Sri Lanka even after the end of the series, the remaining team will travel back home after the completion of the series.
After the above-mentioned players were ruled out, India had no choice but to play all the remaining 11 players in the second T20 international. They are also down one more player, Navdeep Saini after he sustained a shoulder injury during the second T20I against Sri Lanka.
The team lost the match, which has levelled the series to 1-1. The series decider match will take place on Thursday (July 29).