ENGvsIND Test Series: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been again pushed into an uncomfortable situation following the covid positive report from India’s squad in Sri Lanka. The Indian cricket board may have to draft in two new replacements for Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, who are currently under isolation.
BCCI earlier named the two aforementioned cricketers as the replacement for injured Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar for the upcoming England vs India five matches test series.
Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw are currently in the isolation following the covid positive report of Krunal Pandya. Both the replacements for the England test tour are unlikely to head out to the UK anytime soon due to quarantine protocols of Sri Lanka.
According to the health protocols of Sri Lanka, Yadav and Shaw will set their foot outside their rooms only after August 6. Earlier, the two were expected to leave for the UK by July 30th and could have been available for the second test after completing the mandatory quarantine in the UK.
However, this looks impossible because of the challenging health protocols of Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.
Here is the complete timeline for Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw:
- The duo will serve the quarantine in Sri Lanka until August 6, before heading out to board a flight to the UK on August 7.
- Upon landing in England, the two will have to serve a strict round of the 10-days quarantine, according to the UK health authorities.
- Yadav and Shaw will serve another three days quarantine where the cricketers will have to show up three covid negative reports in three days in order to meet the Indian squad in England.
- With all this happening both the batsman will only be able to join the Indian squad on August 22, which is three days before the start of the 3rd Test match against England.
Here the Indian management will have to think about whether they want replacements for the last two test matches.
“We can’t say anything with certainty at this stage. We have to observe them for the next couple of days to decide – whether to announce new replacements or not”, said the BCCI official.
The limited practice sessions before the test matches against the quality England side might not help the Indians. Moreover, the mental stress of being in quarantine for close to one month could play a trick.
The BCCI will have to rethink their decision of sending two other replacements for Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw or they can make settlements with Sri Lanka Cricket Board along with the UK health authorities.
Now, only a reduced quarantine time period along with bubble-to-bubble transfer of Yadav and Shaw can help the Indian team.
However, still, there is plenty of time with the BCCI to initiate a talk with their Sri Lankan and English counterparts to send Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw as soon as possible.