New Delhi: Team India has suffered several blows on the tour of England before the five-match series even get started as Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan are already ruled out. Virat Kohli And Co are in search of some backup options from India for the mega-series. In the latest developments, the BCCI has decided to sent Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw to England as replacements sought by the team management after three players were ruled out due to injury.

The Test series is due to start on August 4. It is going to be the maiden Test call up for Suryakumar as earlier this year the stylish batsman made his T20I and ODI debut.

While Shubman was ruled out due to shin splints suffered during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, Avesh dislocated a thumb during the warm-up game against County XI. Washington aggravated his finger injury.

However, there were reports that off-spinner Jayant Yadav will also join the Indian team but now it has been reported that as of now only Suryakumar and Prithvi are being sent.

A senior BCCI office-bearer confirmed the development.

“Yes, Prithvi and Surya are flying to UK from Sri Lanka. Jayant was also supposed to go but there has been some change in plans due to quarantine requirements. Jayant is now not going. Both players will have a bubble to bubble transfer from Colombo to London. Whether they will fly in the middle of the T20 Internationals (Shaw and Suryakumar are part of team in Sri Lanka) or post that is being worked out,” the senior official told PTI.

“But yes, they are our replacement players for Test series in England. They might just leave after the three T20 Internationals but we will get a confirmation in another three days.”

It is understood that Shaw’s form has impressed the team management and Mayank Agarwal’s current rhythm isn’t the greatest.

However, with quarantine rules in place, it is not clear if Suryakumar and Shaw can make it in time for the first Test after completing their hard quarantine.

Suryakumar’s assertive batting could be used during some point in the series as Ajinkya Rahane’s hamstring injury will keep the team concerned.

“In any case, if Ajinkya misses the first Test, it will be KL Rahul who will bat in the middle-order in Nottingham. The team management is still confident that Ajinkya might be alright before the Nottingham Test.”

However, no pacer is being sent right now as already there are seven speedsters in the UK for match and net sessions.

(With PTI Inputs)