Ranji Trophy 2017: Mohammed Shami set to return for Bengal after being rested for Australia T20Is

India speedster Mohammed Shami is all set to play for Bengal in their opening round Ranji Trophy encounter against Services, starting 6 October.

PTI, Oct,04 2017

New Delhi: India speedster Mohammed Shami is all set to play for Bengal in their opening round Ranji Trophy encounter against Services, starting 6 October.

Shami, who was part of the Indian ODI squad in the one-dayers against Australia, has not been picked for the three-match T20 series against the same opposition that is set to start this Saturday. It opened the window for him to represent his state team.

Mohammed Shami had played just one game in the India-Australia ODI series, and is thus being considered match-ready for the Ranji Trophy. AP

File image of Mohammed Shami. AP

With wicketkeeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami picked for India A one-dayers against New Zealand, Shami will be his direct replacement. With Wriddhiman Saha in the team, Bengal does not require a backup keeper as of now.

"Since Shami has not played much cricket during the past three weeks save the lone ODI, he is fit and fresh. He is a certainty for the New Zealand ODIs but a couple of Ranji games will certainly give some much required game time," a BCCI official privy to selection matters told PTI on Tuesday.

Shami is expected to join Bengal's practice sessions on Wednesday.

Published Date: Oct 04, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 04, 2017




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