India tour to England: Fit again KL Rahul to join squad in Mumbai on Wednesday, BCCI arranges chartered flights to assemble players | XtraTime
Xtra Time Web Desk: Team India mid-order drummer KL Rahul has fully recovered from the appendicitis operation. The Karnataka cricketer will travel to Mumbai on Wednesday to reunite with other teammates ahead of the England tour. Rahul will travel to Chennai with his state teammate Mayank Agarwal. The duo will join Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin as the four of them travel from Chennai to Mumbai by chartered flight. With goalkeeper Wriddhiman Saha also negative, all 20 test team members for the England tour are now fit.
The Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) has organized charter flights to select players in their cities. A charter flight will only choose Mohammed Siraj from Hyderabad as Hanuma Vihari is already in the UK playing county cricket. Another chartered flight will carry Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Umesh Yadav, Avesh Khan and Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is currently in Dehradun, in addition to Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, both of whom will need to drive to Delhi from Lucknow. .
The rest – especially Gujarat – which includes Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Arzan Nagraswala will have to travel to Mumbai directly by road. Wriddhiman Saha will have to take commercial flights to reach Mumbai. He was cleared to reach on May 24 after recovering from COVID-19.
Mumbai-based players will be able to spend an additional five days at home before joining the bio-bubble. Indian captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur will join the bubble on May 24.
The team will depart for London on June 2. Virat Kohli and his boys will play the ICC WTC final against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18, followed by a five-test series against England starting on August 04.