Sam Curran will not rejoin the England Test squad as planned for the fourth Test against India.
Curran was rested after last month’s tour of Sri Lanka, as part of an ongoing squad rotation policy, with plans to bring him out to India in time for the final match of the series and the limited-overs leg of the trip.
But it became apparent that his journey from England to Ahmedabad would require more than one commercial flight, bringing additional concerns over possible exposure to coronavirus.
With that in mind, a decision has been made to add the Surrey allrounder to the white-ball group’s private charter flight on February 26.
A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: “Originally it was planned the Surrey all-rounder would fly to Ahmedabad in time to be available for the fourth Test in the city, starting on 4 March.
“However, in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, making secure arrangements for such a journey proved too great a logistical challenge.”
Chris Woakes will leave the squad as planned after the third Test, a vacancy Curran had been expected to fill.
But England remain happy with their seam bowling options, which include Ollie Robinson on the reserve list.