File photo of Mohammed Shami.© AFP
Mohammed Shami’s T20I comeback will be delayed as the veteran pacer has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be ruled out of the Australia series starting in Mohali from September 20. Veteran pacer Umesh Yadav, who played his last match in seven T20Is against Australia in 2019. Back in the scheme of things, after recovering from a quadriceps injury. “Yes, Shami has tested COVID-19 positive. But there is nothing to worry as the symptoms are mild. But he will have to remain in isolation and will be able to rejoin the team after testing negative. It is unfortunate but this is how life is,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Asked how long he thinks Shami will take to recover, the source expressed hope that he will be fit for the next series against South Africa.
“We are hoping that Shami will be fit for the next series against South Africa. There are 10 days for that series to start. So we are more than hopeful you can say,” he added.
But 35-year-old Umesh’s return is nothing short of a story in this format as his county stint with Middlesex was cut short by a quadriceps injury.
The first leg of IPL 2022 was great for KKR when they got the ball moving at high speed.
For Middlesex, he had an impressive Royal London Cup in which he took 16 wickets in 7 List A games including taking five wickets and four wickets.
“Umesh was doing his rehab at NCA after coming back and it was not a tear, so he is now recovered and fit to play,” the source said.
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