Rohit Sharma was tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday (June 24)
Agarwal was named as the standby player when the Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for the Edgbaston Test. He’s been added to the Test squad as a cover to Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.
He’ll leave for England on Monday and join his team in the evening. The 31-year-old cricketer will not be required to undergo any quarantine and will thus be available to play immediately if needed.
“Rohit (Sharma) will remain in isolation. There is no rush to take a decision on captaincy yet. If Rohit tests negative by June 30, he will be available for the match. He is match-fit and should not be a problem. The chairman (selection committee) will reach England after the Ireland series. If a captaincy decision needs to be taken, he will at that time,” a member of the selection committee.
“Jasprit (Bumrah) has been informed about the situation, and he is on standby to lead. Look, Rishabh (Pant) is very young and needs to be groomed to lead in Tests. If Rohit (Sharma) is not available, Rishabh will be the vice-captain,” the board official said.
Rohit Sharma is under mandatory isolation until June 29, and will only be available a couple of days before the IND vs ENG 5th Test.
India can also look at the other options like KS Bharat or Hanuma Vihari. Bharat opened in one innings of the practice game and scored 43 off 98 deliveries. While Vihari has opened for India in Australia, and to accommodate him and Shreyas Iyer together in the same XI, this move could well be on the cards.