Bangladesh’s Mohammed Shami ODIs due to hand injury, also doubtful for Tests

Senior fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the ODI series against Bangladesh which starts on Sunday due to a hand injury, a BCCI source said on Saturday.

It is learned that Shami had suffered the injury during a training session after returning from Australia where the Indian team went out of a semi-final of the T20 World Cup.

Shami could also miss the upcoming two-Test series, which begins in Chittagong from December 14.

“Mohammed Shami has suffered a hand injury sustained after resuming training after the T20 World Cup in Australia. He has been asked to report to the NCA and did not travel with the team on December 1,” a senior BCCI source familiar with development told PTI on condition of anonymity.

The extent of Shami’s injury is not yet known.

The 33-year-old Bangladeshi speedster is an integral part of India’s ODI plan, which will compete in the World Cup next year.

Skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid would be concerned if Shami misses the Test series as India needs to win every game to stay in contention for the upcoming World Test Championship final at the Oval in June.

“Shami’s absence from three ODI games is certainly a factor, but of greater concern is his likely absence from Tests, where he is believed to be leading the attack in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah,” the source said.

Shami has taken 216 wickets in Test cricket from 60 matches.

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