Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are poised to join the Indian side in the United Kingdom, after the national selectors and the BCCI agreed to the team management’s request for reinforcements for the upcoming series against England.
After Subhuman Gill, Washington Sundar, and Avesh Khan were ruled out of the Test series due to injury, India has looked to augment their playing contingent in the United Kingdom.
Gill was forced to withdraw from the World Test Championship final last month due to a stress injury to his shins. He is, in reality, back in India. Avesh and Washington were injured while playing against the Indian squad in a three-day warm-up game that concluded on Thursday. Both of them will have to return home.
The names of Suryakumar and Shaw were zeroed on by the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee following a meeting with head coach Ravi Shastri, according to sources. A third player was allegedly requested, but there is no word on whether another player will be flown over to England.
It is unclear how and where Suryakumar and Shaw will travel. Both are presently in Sri Lanka with the Shikhar Dhawan-led white ball team, and Cricbuzz believes that both are still eligible for the T20 series, which begins on Sunday (July 25). Surprisingly, few members of the Indian squad in Sri Lanka appear to be aware of this event until Saturday morning.
Queries to BCCI office-bearers have gone unanswered thus far, but it has been learned that logistical plans to convey the players to the UK are in the works.