Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw were needed to return three negative tests of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka before leaving for England. They, now, have been cleared to travel to England with a third negative test and can fly for England in the next 24 hours. The duo was roped in as cover players for the upcoming Test series in England.
India are, currently, in England gearing up for the five-match Test series against the home side. With this series, the second cycle of the World Test Championship will also begin. England is India’s first of three away series of this WTC cycle. Tours of South Africa and Bangladesh are the remaining two away series.
Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw could have already left for England but were forced into isolation after coming in close contact with Krunal Pandya, who was tested positive for Covid-19 before the second T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made the travelling arrangements and the duo will soon leave Sri Lanka to join the Indian team in England. After Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar got injured during the warm-up game, BCCI named Shaw and Suryakumar to come in as cover players.
Currently, both players are waiting for visa clearance. The United Kingdom Embassy office in Sri Lanka was closed for two days this weekend which forced their departure.
“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.
Both batsmen will be required to go through a quarantine period upon reaching England. Hence, their participation in the first two Test matches is highly unlikely.