The BCCI have summoned Delhi wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant to reach England ‘as soon as possible’ to cover for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan at the ongoing ICC World Cup. The logistics team of the board is trying to figure out when Pant can join the team.
According to BCCI officials, Pant will be joining the team at the earliest as back-up as requested by the team management. Like Khaleel (Ahmed) he will be travelling with the team but he won’t be part of the squad just yet.
Pant’s exclusion from the original squad of 15 players for the ICC World Cup was a topic of hot debate as Dinesh Karthik was picked up as the back-up wicketkeeper. The youngster though is not part of the available squad for India, who now have only 14 fit players to select the final XI for games against New Zealand (June 13) and Pakistan (June 16) at least.
“Pant has already been informed and his kit as well as other paperwork has been handed to him. We are trying to get him to England as soon as possible but it all depends on the BCCI logistics team. However, we want to make it clear that Pant is not available for selection because he is not an official replacement yet,” the BCCI official clarified.
Pant along with Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel, Navdeep Saini and Ishant Sharma were the five stand-bys named by the Indian selectors for the World Cup.