Mayank Agarwal has been called up by the Indian team management for the upcoming Test against England at Edgbaston.
Captain Rohit Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 and there is a doubt over his availability for the series-deciding Test. K L Rahul is also unavailable as he suffered an injury recently.
Keeping these constraints in mind, Agarwal was asked by the BCCI to fly out to England on Monday and join the squad.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has added Mayank Agarwal to India’s Test squad for the rescheduled fifth Test as cover for captain Rohit Sharma, who tested positive for COVID-19. Mayank has left for the UK and will link up with the squad in Birmingham," a BCCI statement, confirming the development, read.
According to the latest government rules, Agarwal won't have to undergo any quarantine, and will be available to play immediately if required.
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The 31-year-old featured in a Test match at home against Sri Lanka in March, but could only score 59 runs from two matches. He later captained Punjab Kings in the IPL and also played the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals for Karnataka.