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Mohammed Shami tests positive for COVID-19, eliminated from T20I vs Australia series; Umesh Yadav Set to Replace Him: Report


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Mohammed Shami’s T20I return will be delayed as the veteran speedballer has tested positive for COVID 19 and will not appear for the Australia series starting in Mohali from 20 September Veteran player. Umesh Yadav, who played the last of his seven T20Is in 2019 against Australia is back in the scheme of things, after recovering from a quadriceps injury. “Yes, Shami has tested positive for COVID-19. But there is nothing to worry about because of the mild symptoms. But he will have to isolate and will be able to rejoin the first team once the test is negative. Really not luckily but that’s how life is,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

When asked how long he thinks Shami will take to recover, the source seems hopeful that he will be fit for the next series against South Africa.

“We are expecting Shami to be fit for the next series against South Africa. There are 10 days left before that series starts. So we hope you can say more,” he said.

But the return of 35-year-old Umesh is no fairy tale in this format as his county stint with Middlesex was cut short due to a quadriceps injury.

He had a great first leg at IPL 2022 for KKR as he turned the ball with great speed.

As for Middlesex, he had a fantastic Royal London Cup in which he won 16 times in 7 A-List matches including a five-stroke and a four-stroke.

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The source said: “Umesh is in rehabilitation at the NCA after he came back and has no tears in his eyes.

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