Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav tested negative for COVID-19 in their most recent testing, which was conducted on 1 August. Shubman Gill and Washington Sundar have been replaced by Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav for the Test series commencing on Wednesday in England, according to the BCCI. In the following 24 hours, the two will fly to England.

The BCCI has made the necessary travel arrangements and this is welcome news for the crew, since there had been speculation that they might not be able to enter the UK due to the government’s COVID-19 rules and restrictions. However, the BCCI’s prompt involvement and further conversations with the ECB made things work out in the end, and the duo will now be available for India thanks to exceptional clauses.

The pair will have to go through quarantine when they get in England, and they will only be able to play Tests after that. The duo’s chances of playing at least the opening two Tests of the five-match series appear slim. Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Krishnappa Gowtham, three Indian players who tested positive for COVID-19, are still in Sri Lanka and will need one negative RT-PCR test to fly back to India.

Suryakumar Yadav, unlike Prithvi Shaw, has yet to play Test cricket, having only made his international debut this year. So far, the right-handed batter has been outstanding in all of his matches, bringing his extensive domestic expertise to the international stage.

Suryakumar Yadav has a strong first-class record, with 5326 runs at 44.01 with 14 tons in 77 first-class games. Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw has played in five Tests so far, scoring 339 runs at 42.37, including a century on debut. Since the first Test against Australia in Adelaide last year, he has not played the format.