Team Management wasn't keen on any replacement for Dhawan. Instead, It is hoping to see Dhawan recover from the injury at the earliest. One among Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik will be included in the Playing XI until the Opener proves his match fitness. Assistant Coach Sanjay Bangar informed that Kohli and Head Coach Ravi Shastri decided to prefer Dhawan even if he is fit for the last league game against Sri Lanka on July 6th.
On the other hand, Selectors MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh are keen to make the replacement of Dhawan with Pant without any delay. Team Management isn't interested with the idea because any such development rules out Dhawan from playing the knockout games in the World Cup.
Official Announcement of Pant as cover is delayed due to the clearances BCCI has to obtain for it. The Wicket-Keeper Batsman will be catching the Manchester-bound flight in Delhi on Thursday.