Indian Pacer Mohammed Shami ruled out from Afghanistan Test after failing a Fitness Test.
Mohammed Shami has failed to clear Yo Yo Fitness Test and has been ruled out from the only test match against Afghanistan which will start on June 14 in Bengaluru. Navdeep Saini has been announced as replacement of Shami.
Saini is currently one of the quickest red ball bowlers in domestic circuit and has been touted by many as one for the future after his consistent Ranji Trophy performance in the past two seasons.
Saini is part of the four-day set-up of the India A team and is set to travel to UK next month. The 25-year-old has so far played 31 first-class games, taking 96 wickets.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Navdeep Saini as Mohammed Shami’s replacement in the Indian Test team for the upcoming Test against Afghanistan. The announcement came after Mohd. Shami failed to clear the fitness test at NCA, Bengaluru,” the BCCI release stated.
The Indian team has set a standard parameter of clearing the Yo Yo test, which gives a measure of a player’s endurance and fitness. The current benchmark is 16.1 for the India senior team and A team.
The 27-year-old Shami has been injury-prone and of late troubled by allegations of domestic violence by his wife. Shami, who has 110 wickets from 30 Tests, was initially removed from the BCCI’s Central Contracts List before being re-inducted as he was given a clean chit by a BCCI internal probe committee over allegations of trying to fixing matches. He also had a narrow escape in an accident before enduring a poor IPL.