Rohit Sharma may have tested positive for Covid and gone into isolation
Rohit holds two specialist roles in the side – as a captain and an opener – and understandably there were discussions at different levels on whether reinforcement needs to be rushed to England, with only one opener in Shubman Gill currently available in the squad. A final decision has not yet been taken but there may be efforts to fly Mayank Agarwal to Birmingham to be with the side in time for the July 1-5 Test in the next few days.
Rohit can always come back and play if he tests negative before the Test as there are no mandatory quarantine protocols in England for a Covid positive test result.
If will be there as a backup opener should there be any last minute fitness issues with Rohit. The thinking is that a stand-in captain can always be named at the last minute, if need be, as the options are aplenty—R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant.
Also, a decision on captaincy will be taken once chief selector Chetan Sharma reaches the UK. He is currently in Dublin and will move to the UK after the second and final T20I against Ireland on June 28. By then, the fitness status of Rohit is expected to be clear.