Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has been banned from competing in the upcoming T20I three-game series against Australia after he tested positive for COVID-19, the BCCI confirmed in an official press release on Sunday. Umesh Yadav has been named as his replacement. Shami was originally named in the squad for the T20I series against Australia and South Africa.
“Fast bowler Mohd. Shami will not be able to compete in the upcoming three-day Mastercard T20I series against Australia after testing positive for COVID-19,” the official release said.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has appointed Umesh Yadav as his replacement,” it added.
The board also confirmed that pacer Navdeep Saini has been banned from India A’s one-day series against New Zealand A following a right groin injury.
“Navdeep Saini sustained a right groin injury on Day 1 of the Duleep Trophy semifinal match between North Zone and South Zone. He has been banned from the ongoing tournament and also from the upcoming one-day series of three matches between India A and New Zealand A Saini is now going to the NCA for further treatment of his injury,” the press release said.
The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Rishi Dhawan as Saini’s replacement in India A-squad.
India squad for Australia series: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal , Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
India A-squad: Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Rajat Patidar, Sanju Samson (Captain), KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Kuldeep Yadav, Shabhaz Ahmed, Rahul Chahar, Tilak Varma, Kuldeep Sen, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Rishi Dhawan, Raj Angad Bawa.
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