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Mohammad Shami set to miss Asia Cup

Mohammad Shami last played for India during the 2015 World Cup in March.
Mohammad Shami last played for India during the 2015 World Cup in March.
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Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami has been ruled out of the 2016 Asia Cup tournament after failing to make a complete recovery from a hamstring injury he sustained in Australia.

Shami underwent a knee surgery after the 2015 Cricket World Cup and was named in the squad for India’s tour of Australia earlier this year.

However, Shami went on to suffer a grade two hamstring injury prior to the start of the series and was flown home with Jasprit Bumrah taking his place.

In place of Shami, the selectors have opted to pick Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the replacement for the Asia Cup tournament.

In a statement, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur revealed that Shami has been ruled out of the Asia Cup to give him more time to recover from the 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," said Thakur.

While picking the squad for the Asia cup and the ICC World Twenty20, chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil revealed that they will wait for Shami's fitness assessment before confirming his availability for the mega event.

Shami last played for India in the semi-final of the 2015 Cricket World Cup against the eventual winners Australia and has played only four domestic games since then.

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