The standoff between the Indian team management and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) came to a halt on Thursday when the governing body denied Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal permission to fly from Sri Lanka to England.
Injured opener Shubman Gill will miss the forthcoming five-Test series against England, and India has sought either Prithvi Shaw or Devdutt Padikkal as substitutes. The BCCI selectors, lead by chairman Chetan Sharma, were reportedly unwilling to comply because the Indian team in England already had a number of opening alternatives.
On the condition of anonymity, a top BCCI official confirmed the information to PTI. According to a BCCI source,
“Prithvi will stay in Sri Lanka till July 26 to finish the six-match series. He has been chosen, and he must fulfill his obligations. Possibilities could be investigated once the Sri Lanka series is finished, but nothing has been done so far.”.
Apart from Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, and Abhimanyu Easwaran (reserve squad) are all designated openers or have previously played in the position.
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However, the Indian team management in England appears to be considering Rahul and Vihari as middle-order backups, while Easwaran’s technique in nets and practice games hasn’t inspired trust.
Officials from the BCCI were taken aback by the management’s reasoning on Rahul and Easwaran.