Despite Sri Lanka being a Red List country under the UK Government’s travel advisory, Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will be flying to the UK from Colombo on July 31. The UK Government has introduced a unique regulation for athletes that makes it easier for them to enter England.

Despite the unique permit, Shaw and Suryakumar would be subjected to a 10-day quarantine. They are virtually eliminated from the first two Tests due to the seclusion time. The second Test begins on August 12 at Lord’s, by which time the two players’ quarantine period should have ended, but the prevailing consensus is that they will need some red ball practise before being considered for a spot in a Test against England.

Following a string of injuries that had ruled Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, and Avesh Khan out of the Test series, India had attempted to bolster their playing contingent in the United Kingdom.

In most cases, only visitors from countries on the Green List are permitted to enter the United Kingdom. Those coming from countries on the Red List, such as Sri Lanka, can only enter the UK and Ireland if they are British or Irish citizens. Because the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have used a special clause that allows Elite Sportspersons to enter the UK this summer, Suryakumar and Shaw will be able to do so.

Meanwhile, the Indian Test team will fly to Nottingham, England, on Saturday for the first Test, which begins on August 4. The team’s final net session was scheduled for Friday in Durham, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather.