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Injured Mohammad Shami ruled out of Australia series

Injured Mohammad Shami doubtful for Australia series
Mohammad Shami last played an ODI for India in March 2015.
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India received a huge setback for their ongoing limited overs tour of Australia after fast bowler Mohammad Shami picked up a hamstring injury ahead of the first warm-up game in Perth and has been ruled out of the tournament.

Shami, who underwent knee surgery after the 2015 Cricket World Cup is currently coming back from a nine-month injury layoff but did not play the first warm-up match as he pulled his hamstring.

A report in Sportstar quoted a BCCI insider saying that Shami suffered the injury in training and a final decision on his participation will be taken on Saturday.

“He (Shami) suffered an injury during the team’s training and is being monitored,” quoted the report.

“Based on the medical advice on Saturday, it will be decided whether he will continue to be a part of the squad or not.” 

Shami did not reach the WACA ground for the 50-over practice match against Western Australia XI on 9th January and the team management was considering sending him back home according to ESPNCricinfo.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India Secretary Anurag Thakur confirmed the injury to Shami in a media release and revealed that the fast bowler will need four to six weeks of recovery.

“The BCCI medical team confirms that Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of India’s tour of Australia due to injury.

He sustained a Grade II injury to his left hamstring, which will restrict him from playing active cricket for about 4 to 6 weeks,” said Thakur.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as the replacement for Shami in the squad.

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