Indian batsman KL Rahul has reportedly regained full fitness and is set to travel to England for the long Test season that starts with the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) and includes a five-match series against England. Rahul underwent appendicitis surgery earlier this month and was recovering from the same. Therefore, his availability for the England tour was in doubt.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) while announcing the squads had stated that Rahul’s availability was subject to a fitness test. A similar statement was given with regard to Wriddhiman Saha who was down with COVID-19. Now, it seems like both will make their way to England having recovered from their respective ailments, meaning India won’t have to bring in their standby players into the main squad.
KL Rahul to take charter flight from Chennai to Mumbai
According to reports from InsideSport, KL Rahul and his fellow Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal who is also a part of the squad will drive to Chennai from Bangalore and board a charter flight to Mumbai along with Chennai players Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar. This arrangement has been done on the advice of the BCCI in order to ensure that just one charter flight takes four players from South India.
Another charter flight has been arranged for players from Delhi while an extra flight is also expected to be arranged for Mohammed Siraj from Hyderabad. Players from Gujarat will have to travel to Mumbai by road while those already in Mumbai are allowed an extra five days at home where they will have to quarantine themselves however. Players from Kolkata will have to take commercial flights to reach Mumbai. The flight from Mumbai will then take players to the Heathrow Airport in London before they set off for Southampton where the final of the WTC will be held from the 18th of June to the 22nd.