Yet to endure COVID-19, Mohammed Shami has been dominated out of India’s three match T20I series against South Africa, whereas Bengal all arounder Shahbaz Ahmed came in situ of a snoozed Hardik Pandya.

The series is beginning September twenty eight in Thiruvananthapuram.

All arounder Deepak Hooda conjointly out of the series thanks to back spasm, the national choice committee is ready to recall middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer for the South Africa series.

“Shami hasn’t recovered from his bout of COVID-19. He needs more time, and hence, will be out of the South Africa series. Umesh Yadav will continue as Shami’s replacement for the South Afria series,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

However, when asked why Shahbaz has been picked in place of Pandya, the source said, “Is there any seam bowling all-rounder, who can replace Hardik. Raj Bawa is too raw and that’s why we kept him in India A for exposure. He will need time to blossom. Tell me another name?”

In the interval, Hanuma Vihari can lead remaining of India team within the Irani Cup against Saurashtra.


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