Shahbaz Ahmed, Shreyas Iyer to replace Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda in India squad for SA series

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, September 26, 2022, 08:37 PM IST
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Ahmedabad: Indias Shreyas Iyer plays a shot during the third ODI cricket match between India and West Indies, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Friday, Feb 11, 2022. | (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)

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.

The series is starting on September 28 in Thiruvananthapuram.

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

Unfit Shami

"Shami hasn't recovered from his bout of COVID-19. He needs more time, and hence, will be out of the South Africa series. Umesh Yadav will continue as Shami's replacement for the South Afria series," a senior BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

However, when asked why Shahbaz has been picked in place of Pandya, the source said, "Is there any seam bowling all-rounder, who can replace Hardik? Raj Bawa is too raw and that's why we kept him in India A for exposure. He will need time to blossom. Tell me another name?"

Meanwhile, Hanuma Vihari will lead Rest of India team in the Irani Cup against Saurashtra.

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