Indian pacer Shami ruled out of Asia T20 Cup

NEW DELHI: Injury-prone Indian pacer Mohammed Shami was on Friday ruled out of the Asia Cup Twenty20 after failing to recover from a hamstring strain that kept him out of the Australia series.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as his replacement in the 15-member Indian squad for the event starting February 24 in Bangladesh, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.

Shami, 25, whose last outing for India was in the 50-over World Cup, has been given time by the medical team to recover from his injury before the WorldT20 in March.

“The BCCI medical team confirms that Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of Asia Cup, 2016,” Anurag Thakur, Honorary Secretary of the BCCI said in a statement.

“The decision has been taken to give him more time to recover from the Grade II injury to his left hamstring,” he said.

Shami sustained the injury at a training session in Australia and missed both the warm-up games of the limited-overs series in Australia before flying home.