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Umesh, Shreyas, and Shahbaz were added to the India squad

India and South Africa will face off in the first T20I on Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Mumbai: Shreyas Iyer, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Umesh Yadav have been added to the India squad for the three-match T20I series against South Africa, while Deepak Hooda has been ruled out with injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Wednesday.

“Deepak Hooda is ruled out of the upcoming South Africa Tour of India after sustaining a back injury. The all-rounder is at NCA for further management of his injury,” BCCI said in a statement.

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The BCCI also said that, Mohd. Shami is yet to attain full recovery from Covid-19 and will not be able to take part in the three-match T20I series.

The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Umesh as Shami’s replacement and Shreyas as a replacement for Hooda. Shahbaz Ahmed, the uncapped left-arm-spin-bowling allrounder, has also been added to the T20I squad.

“Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have also reported to the NCA for conditioning-related work while Arshdeep Singh has linked up with the squad in Thiruvananthapuram,” the statement further read.

India and South Africa will face off in the first T20I on Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram.

India squad: Rohit Sharma (Ca), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Shahbaz Ahmed.

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