IND vs SA: Selectors likely to play Mohammed Shami in ODIs

image-l8o9tj29Mohammed Shami will be crucial for India in Jasprit Bumrah's unavailability [PC: Twitter]

Heading into the multi-nation ICC T20 World Cup 2022, India were dealt a rough blow with the unavailability of pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah is set to be ruled out of the marquee event taking place in Australia next month due to a relapse of his back stress fracture.

With Bumrah out, the national selectors are looking at various options, with veteran fast bowler Mohammed Shami's name being at the top of the list.

Shami missed the three-match T20I series against Australia due to coronavirus, tested negative recently, and is already included in the travel reserves for India, apart from the 15-man squad.

A BCCI official said that selectors might ask Shami to play in the One-Day International (ODI) series against South Africa, which begins on October 6.

Here's what a BCCI official said

"Shami has just tested negative. He will get the required tests done and report to the NCA. Yes, he hasn’t played any games and that is a concern. He needs to be match ready. It’s up to the selectors whether they want him to play in the ODI series and get ready for Australia,”

The source further stated that Shami's lack of match-fitness ahead of ICC T20 World Cup is a worry, however, maintained the BCCI are yet to take a decision regarding replacement.

India's T20 WC campaign begins on October 23, when they take on Pakistan. 

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