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India Vs South Africa: Mohammed Shami Out Of T20Is; Shahbaz Ahmed, Shreyas Iyer Included

India Vs South Africa: Mohammed Shami Out Of T20Is; Shahbaz Ahmed, Shreyas Iyer Included

India will play three T20Is against South Africa, starting September 28 in Thiruvananthapuram. India just won the home series against Australia 2-1.

Mohammed Shami's return to the Indian T20I side is set to be further delayed.
Mohammed Shami's return to the Indian T20I side is set to be further delayed. File Photo

Yet to recover from COVID-19, Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of India's three-match T20I series against South Africa, while Bengal all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed came in place of a rested Hardik Pandya. (More Cricket News)

The series is starting September 28 in Thiruvananthapuram.

With all-rounder Deepak Hooda also out of the series due to back spasms, the national selection committee recalled middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer for the South Africa series.

"Mohd. Shami is yet to attain full recovery from COVID-19 and will not be able to take part in the three-match T20I series. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Umesh Yadav as Shami’s replacement and Shreyas Iyer as a replacement for Hooda. Shahbaz Ahmed has also been added to the T20I squad," the BCCI said on Wednesday.

 The statement also read that Hooda is at NCA for further management of his injury while Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have also reported for conditioning-related.

Arshdeep Singh has joined the India squad in Thiruvananthapuram ahead of the first T20I on Wedneday. Meanwhile, Hanuma Vihari will lead Rest of India team in the Irani Cup against Saurashtra.

India squad for South Africa T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Shahbaz Ahmed.

Rest of India squad: Hanuma Vihari (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Yash Dhull, Sarfaraaz Khan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, KS Bharat, Upendra Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Saurabh Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Mukesh Kumar, Umran Malik, Kuldeep Sen, Arzan Nagwaswalla.

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