As per reports, Indian wicketkeeper-batter KL Rahul will not be part of the travelling party of Indian players who are included in the T20I squad. These players will leave India from Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai to reach Dubai where all players in the T20I squad will fly out to the Caribbean.
KL Rahul tested positive for Covid-19 a few days back and hasn’t yet fully recovered. He will not be travelling to West Indies with the rest of the players. The other players who will be leaving for the Caribbean are Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
Reports further add that Indian pacer Harshal Patel will join the team directly from the USA as he is staying there. Like Patel, Hardik Pandya and the captain of the team Rohit Sharma both are on vacation in Greece and Paris respectively and hence information about their departure is unknown.
KL Rahul has been out of the Indian team citing a right groin injury before testing positive for Covid-19. He went to Germany for his treatment which was confirmed by the BCCI.
Recently, the Karnataka player updated about his fitness and said, “Hello everyone. It’s been a tough couple of weeks but the surgery was successful. I’m healing and recovering well. My road to recovery has begun. Thank you for your messages and prayers. See you soon.”
The five T20Is will start on 29 July in Tarouba, followed by matches on August 1 and 2 in St Kitts, before the series moves to Florida in the USA for the final two matches on August 6 and 7.
India's squad for the five T20Is:
Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul*, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
*The inclusion of KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav is subject to fitness.