Mohammed Shami’s sore shoulder could keep him out of the two-match Test series against Bangladesh starting next Wednesday in Chattogram. The injury had already ruled him out of the ongoing ODI series and now his absence could add to the woes of the team India in neighboring country.
According to the report of Cricbuzz, the NCA staff will prepare a roadmap for the recovery and rehabilitation of the experienced bowlers. However, at the moment there is no clear information about his return.
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Shami played for India in the last Twenty20 World Cup in Australia last month. He was initially part of the ODI squad for the Bangladesh series, but had to withdraw and was named as his replacement by Umran Malik.
However, it is learned that there are no plans to rush replacements for the Tests as more than 30 players are in Bangladesh, including those who are part of the India A squad. The Indian team will be free to retain any player they want.
Spinners like Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav are part of the team. He will also be soon joined by left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar, who will come in place of the injured Ravindra Jadeja.
The Indian team is already dealing with multiple injuries as three players – Kuldeep Sen, Deepak Chahar, and skipper Rohit Sharma – are down and out of the final game in Chattogram. Kuldeep complained of stiffness in his back after making his debut in Dhaka last Sunday, while Rohit and Deepak were injured during the second ODI on Wednesday.
The report further states that Siraj, Thakur and Umran are available for selection and sources in the selection committee have said that there is no immediate need for replacements for the series they have already lost.
Meanwhile, skipper Rohit has arrived in Mumbai for scans following a thumb injury sustained during the second ODI and a decision on his participation in the Test will be taken in the next 24 hours.
Rohit’s availability for the second and final Test, if not for the first match, will also be ascertained. Shubman Gill, a specialist opening batsman, is part of the Test squad and can fill in for KL Rahul.
(with agency inputs)