Shami ruled out of Asia Cup, Bhuvneshwar named as replacement


IMAGE: India’s Mohammed Shami. Photograph: Getty Images

Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup, raising doubts about his participation in the marqee ICC World Twenty20 that follows the continental tournament.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as the replacement by the selection committee.

After a long injury layoff, post last year’s World Cup, Shami was recalled to the national squad for the tour Down Under, only to be ruled out again by a hamstring injury. 

“The BCCI medical team confirms that Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of Asia Cup, 2016. The decision has been taken to give him more time to recover from the Grade II injury to his left hamstring,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement. 

Shami had not proved his fitness at the time of the announcement of the squad, on February 5, for the two tournaments. 

However senior selection committee chairman Sandeep Patil had claimed at a press conference during the announcement of the team that “Shami had started bowling” and expressed his confidence that the bowler will be fit in time for the big event.

The Bengal bowler’s last T20 international appearance was against England in September 2014.

His last ODI was in the World Cup, the semi-final defeat against Australia at the SCG to be precise. 

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