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.
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.