Due to a hand injury, veteran fast bowler Mohammed Shami will not play in the ODI series against Bangladesh, which begins on Sunday, an Indian Cricket Board source confirmed on Saturday. After returning from Australia, where the Indian team lost in the 20-20 World Cup semifinals, Shami is said to have hurt himself during a training session.
Shami might also be absent from the upcoming two-test series, which starts on December 14 in Chittagong. According to the source, Shami is currently at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and did not travel to Bangladesh with the rest of the team. The extent of Shami’s injury is not entirely known.
“Mohammed Shami has suffered a hand injury that he sustained after resuming training post T20 World Cup in Australia. He has been asked to report at the NCA and has not travelled with the team on December 1,” a senior Indian Cricket Board source privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The Bengal speedster, 33, is a crucial component of India’s ODI strategy heading into the World Cup in 2014. Shami’s absence from the Test series would worry captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid because India needs to win every game to remain in the running for the upcoming World Test Championship final at the Oval in June.
“Shami’s absence from three ODI games is definitely a factor but bigger worry is his likely absence from Tests where he is supposed to spearhead the attack in Jasprit Bumrah’s absence,” said the source.
India’s ODI Squad for Bangladesh Tour
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen
India’s Test squad for Bangladesh Tour
Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav