With opener Shubman Gill set to be out of action for two months due to a calf injury, Team India management had asked for a couple of replacements in the form of Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal.
India’s manager Girish Dongre had written a letter to the BCCI requesting the same but they are yet to receive any communication from the chairman of the selection committee, Chetan Sharma.
According to a source quoted by the Times of India, the management is of the view that if the governing body is not in favor of sending replacements, it should at least clear its stance.
The Indian team wants Prithvi Shaw as a replacement for the injured Shubman Gill and his cover in the form of Devdutt Padikkal.
Both Shaw and Padikkal are currently in Sri Lanka for the white-ball fixtures and the indecisiveness of the BCCI could lead to confusion in the Indian team’s think-tank led by Rahul Dravid as there is no clarity whether Shaw and Padikkal will be available for the ODIs and T20Is.
“Even if they don’t have to travel and the BCCI is not considering replacements for England, at least not these two names, then the board can at least convey a clear ‘no’ on the matter and put an end to it,” sources told TOI.
With Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul already in the squad as backup openers and Abhimanyu Easwaran among the standby players, Team India has been criticized by several former cricketers for seeking further replacements.
The source, however, went on to explain why there is no harm in asking for additional replacements as there will still be sufficient time to prepare.
”They sent just 24 cricketers to England, of which four are standbys. Abhimanyu Easwaran has done well in First Class cricket but is it fair to make him debut against James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad? KL Rahul is not being considered as an opener but in the middle-order. So, if Gill’s injury demands a replacement, and if there’s time to fly in one, what’s the harm?” the source added.