Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw have been given a green signal to depart for the United Kingdom. The duo was forced into isolation after being identified as close contacts to Krunal Pandya, who tested positive for COVID-19. Ever since the news of Yadav and Shaw coming in contact with Pandya came to light, speculations started doing rounds that BCCI may name further replacements for the players.
However, all those assumptions have been put to rest as the players are set to fly to the UK within 24 hours. The players were called as replacements after injuries to Shubman Gill and Washington Sundar. Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw were part of the India squad that took on Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series and performed exceptionally well.
“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 Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw have to serve 10 days in isolation and return negative COVID-19 before being allowed to join the squad. The duo is unlikely to be available for the first two Tests. Meanwhile, along with Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnappa Gowtham also tested positive for COVID-19. All the three players are still in Sri Lanka and will need to return negative RT PCR test reports to fly back to India. The series gets underway on August 4 in Nottingham.