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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Mohammed Shami ruled out of India's cricket Test against Afghanistan

Uncapped fast bowler Navdeep Saini named as replacement for Shami, who failed fitness Test ahead of one-off game in Bangalore

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been on the sidelines for much of 2018. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP
Fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been on the sidelines for much of 2018. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP

Indian pace spearhead Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of Afghanistan's debut Test after failing a fitness test in Bangalore, the country's cricket board said on Monday.

Uncapped fast bowler Navdeep Saini has been named as Shami's replacement in the 15-man squad for the one-off game at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium starting on Thursday.

Shami, 27, who was recently included in an ICC World XI at Lord's but did not turn up for the match, has battled injuries and a pending court battle with his estranged wife.

His most recent competitive game was in the Indian Premier League for his franchise Delhi Daredevils on April 16 but he sat in the dugout for most of the T20 tournament.

Shami, whose last Test was against South Africa in Johannesburg this year, has represented India in 30 Tests and taken 110 wickets.

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