India’s limited overs’ vice-captain Rohit Sharma is most likely to take the mandatory yo-yo Test on Wednesday at the NCA, in Bengaluru.
Also, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who was not chosen for the limited-overs leg of the England tour, has been named as the standby player in case Rohit fails to make the 16.1 qualifying mark in the yo-yo test.
"There is nothing new in having a stand by. In case the necessity arises, Rahane is being seen as a reserve opener and will fill in that role. As of now, we have not heard that Rohit has any fitness issues," a senior BCCI official, who has worked closely with the cricket operations team, told PTI on Tuesday.
The entire limited overs squad (except those who were playing Afghanistan Test match), took the Yo-Yo test at the NCA, apart from Rohit. Rohit had a prior sponsor commitment in Russia as the brand ambassador of a reputed watch company and had permission for missing the test.
Sources said that Rohit wanted to give the yo-yo test once the team landed in the UK, but was told by BCCI officials that the test has to happen in India itself.
Earlier, three players -- Sanju Samson (India A), Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu (India seniors) failed the test and were subsequently dropped from their respective teams. CoA had then questioned that why the tests were not conducted before team selection.
It is learned that GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim had assured that exception was made this year as IPL was on but henceforth they will revert back to the old system where tests will be held earlier and then the squad will be announced.
(with inputs from PTI)