On Thursday, the Indian team in England suffered another injury when the universal bowling Washington Sundar was excluded from the series with five tests, starting on August 4.
Washington is the third player after Shubman Gil and Aves Khan to be excluded from the tour.
Washington has been found to have broken a finger after being hit by a delivery from Mohamed Siraj on the second day of the first warm-up game between India and District XI.
“Yes, Washi has a fractured finger just like Avesh, who had a sprained thumb. They are both out of the test series and will go home,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
“Besides, it will take him at least five weeks to start bowling, so there is no point in keeping them here,” the source said.
Of course, the short ball from Siraj, which was reported by Washington, hit his fingers harder than expected, and he was in unpleasant pain when he returned to the pavilion.
While Washington or Aves were not regular players of the first team, but are an integral part of the network, Tamil Nadu with all his excellent beating abilities would be in the combination during the series.
“The complete irony is that both Aves and Washington played for the opposition and were injured. But this is the sport and injuries are an integral part of life,” the source added.
Substitutions will be announced soon and it will be interesting if Navdeep Saini or Bhuneshwar Kumar replaces Avesh and joins after the series from Sri Lanka ends.
In the case of Washington, a similar substitute is Krishnapa Gotham.