Rishabh Pant will be joining the Indian team as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in England as they prepare for their next match against New Zealand on Thursday.
Pant would be reaching England on Wednesday after getting clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday night.
The Indian team management for now, will be monitoring Dhawan’s recovery and if they feel it is not going according to plan, then the BCCI will officially request the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a replacement.
Pant meanwhile, will join the team and start training straightaway. He should be ready in time to come into the Indian playing XI if needed for the game against New Zealand.
The BCCI in a statement said, “Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.”
The latest reports suggest Dhawan could be out for only 3 weeks as he only has a minor fracture.
KL Rahul is likely to open with Rohit Sharma against New Zealand on June 13.