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ENG v IND: Team management urges BCCI to send replacements for Gill, Sundar and Avesh

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The Indian team management in England has requested the BCCI for the replacements for Washington Sundar, Shubman Gill & Avesh Khan.

Injuries to Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar have forced the team management to request replacements from the board. Shubman Gill already returned home after he was deemed unfit for the series by the medical team. In the practice game between India and county select XI, Avesh Khan injured his left thumb while fielding in a three-day match while Sundar was hit on the finger by his teammate Mohammed Siraj while he was batting for County XI on Wednesday (July 21). All three players are reportedly out of the entire Test tour.

Earlier, the board turned down the management’s request to send a replacement for injured Shubman Gill. Sources say Ravi Shastri and Co. wanted Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to cover up for Shubman’s place in the squad. Even after Rishabh Pant had tested positive for Covid-19, BCCI refrained from sending a cover for the wicketkeeper-batsman.

However, three injuries might just make management’s case strong and pressurise the board to send the players. If BCCI agrees on sending the replacements then it is certain that the replacements will be sent from Sri Lanka where Shikhar Dhawan’s team is playing a white ball series.

“We will see if replacements are needed to be sent to England immediately,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by TOI on Thursday.

It is also learned that the Ravi Shastri-headed team management can’t have a say on the selections, as it’s in the hands of the selectors. Most of the top Indian players are already part of the 24-man squad and due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, it’ll not be easy for the BCCI to send players.

The report also claims that Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be the one of the three to travel to England alongside K. Gowtham and Prithvi Shaw.

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