Indian squad departs for London, Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav in quarantine

The Indian team flew to London on Monday for the second Test against England at Lord’s, while replacement players Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw stayed in Nottingham to finish their quarantine. The entire Indian contingent left for London around 11 a.m. local time after every member tested negative for RT-PCR, according to reports. After the final day of play was rained out owing to severe weather and a wet outfield, the series opener finished in a tie. On August 12, the second Test will commence.

Shaw and Suryakumar, who joined the squad in Nottingham on August 3, will only be able to practise from August 14 and will be ready for selection from the third Test, which begins on August 25 in Leeds. The nine-day gap between the second and third Tests will allow the duo plenty of time to train and prepare for the match if the team management deems it is necessary for them to play. After both were discovered as close connections of Krunal Pandya, who had tested COVID-positive, the duo’s travel for England from Sri Lanka seemed dubious. Suryakumar Yadav and Shaw, on the other hand, were sent to England after producing COVID-negative tests.

Following the UK’s decision to move Indian travellers from the red to amber list on Sunday (August 8), BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is scheduled to go to London on Tuesday to see the second Test at Lord’s, which begins on August 12.

The change from red to amber implies that anyone who has been fully vaccinated in accordance with UK health authorities’ routine will not be required to serve the necessary 10-day hard quarantine term that Shaw and Surya are presently serving after arriving on a commercial flight from Colombo. At some point during the series, it is planned that Secretary Jay Shah, vice-president Rajiv Shukla, and treasurer Arun Dhumal will travel to the United Kingdom to watch the Indian team play.