All-rounder Shahbaz Ahmad and middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer replace Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda for SA T20I series

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has added all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmad and middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer in place of Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda for the three matches T20I series against South Africa.
While senior all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been given rest to manage his workload, Deepak Hooda has suffered back spasms. owing to which he has been ruled out of the T20I series.
The three-match home T20I series against South Africa starts on September 28 in Thiruvananthpuram. The two sides will then head to Guwahati and Indore for the final two T20Is before locking horns in the One Day Internationals (ODIs).
Further, a senior BCCI official confirmed that Mohammad Shami’s return to the Indian side has been delayed as he is yet to completely recuperate from COVID-19.
“Shami hasn’t recovered from his bout of COVID-19. He needs more time, and hence, will be out of the South Africa series. Umesh Yadav will continue as Shami’s replacement for the South Africa series,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

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