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IND vs SA T20 Series – Mohammed Shami Fitness Update? It has been around seven days since Mohammed Shami tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, he was ruled out of the ongoing series against Australia. Ever since, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India has been mum on the matter. His availability for the India vs South Africa T20 series is now also doubtful. As reported earlier by InsideSport, Shami hasn’t travelled with the team to Trivandrum for 1st T20: Follow South Africa Tour of India Live updates with InsideSport.IN

Instead Umesh Yadav hasn’t travelled with the team for 1st T20. InsideSport has also learnt that BCCI Selectors have also asked Umran Malik to be on STAND-BY if Shami fails to recover on time for 2nd and 3rd T20.

“I am not exactly aware about the current situation about Shami and his fitness. The medical team will have the details about it.” BCCI official told InsideSport.

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It is important to note that the player has been included as one of the four standbys in the World Cup squad. The player was expected to feature in the Australia series, allowing the team management to look at his performance as well. But Covid played spoilsport to their plans.

It’s understood that there is still no decision on whether Shami will be able to travel with the Indian side to Australia for the World Cup.

Shami is among four standbys for the World Cup. Shami has not played a T20I after the last World Cup in UAE. His last international was in July, an away ODI against England.

Now, it remains to be seen if the management will get a chance to field Shami before the World Cup.

The management are more than keen to try Shami in the South Africa series. The pace attack has suddenly lacked colour in the last few matches. The likes of Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been below par. With the T20 pitches in Australia supporting pacers, Shami’s experience and nippy bowling could prove to be handful.

The availability of Shami for the last two T20 matches of the series is expected to be clear in the next 48 hours.

The three-match T20 series is starting on September 28 in Trivandrum and will conclude on October 4 in Indore. It will be followed by the ODI series, but the T20 players will not be in the Indian squad for the 50-overs contest.

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