Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan has said that he and the team management in Sri Lanka has received no request from the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] for the release of Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw as reinforcements for the Test series in England.
The India-Sri Lanka T20I series will kickstart from Friday and Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are an integral part of the set-up that will lock horns with the island nation.
However, confusion over the availability of the duo has intensified in the past 12-14 hours with reports emerging that the Indian contingent in England have requested the Mumbai duo as replacements ahead of the Test rubber.
The Indian squad in England has been rocked with injuries since the World Test Championship final. First-choice opener Shubman Gill was the first one to get ruled out following a shin injury.
The Virat Kohli–led management had requested the BCCI to send someone as Gill’s replacement, which the board denied.
However, with Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar getting ruled out of England Tests due to finger injuries they sustained during the warm-up game against County Select XI, the BCCI finally paid head to the demands, and, according to reports, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have been earmarked as replacements.
However, the timeframe and the location from where the duo will leave for the UK is yet not disclosed, and if Shikhar Dhawan’s statement is to be believed, SKY and Shaw may well be available for the entire T20I leg of the Sri Lankan tour.
”We have not received any news as such and until we get any demand or news from BCCI, then only we will have to change our strategy. Up until now, we haven’t got any information,” said Dhawan to the media in a virtual interaction on being asked if departure of any of the players will lead to a change in strategy.