Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Photo | PTI)
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Photo | PTI)

Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, and Deepak Chahar, the standbys named for the Indian team for the ICC 2022 T20I WC, will be travelling reserves, it has been confirmed.

The selection committee, the team management, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided that the four standbys will fly with the team to Australia and be available to be co-opted into the squad at any given time.

BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty
BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty

Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, And Deepak Chahar Will Be Travelling Reserves For The 2022 T20I World Cup : BCCI Confirms

The likes of pacers Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar will thus be readily available to the team management should there be an issue with any of the fast bowlers named in the 15-member squad.

Two of them – Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, apart from all-rounder Hardik Pandya – have been asked to report to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for conditioning-related work during the course of the home series against Australia and South Africa.

Mohammed Shami, whose non-inclusion came up for much debate, last played a T20I in the 2021 T20I WC in the UAE, almost a year ago when he had finished with an underwhelming six for 140 in five games and a tournament economy rate of 8.84 in those games.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami (Facebook)

While he had a good IPL 2022 and was impressive in the ODIs against England earlier this year, he has since been out of the reckoning with a number of pacers jumping him in the queue for the shortest format.

The Indian team is scheduled to fly to Australia on October 6 after the last home T20I against South Africa on October 4 in Indore. The 2022 T20I World Cup in Australia is from October 16 to November 13.
Mohammed Shami who is part of India’s squad to face Australia on Tuesday has not travelled with the team to Mohali, the venue of the first T20I as he has tested positive for Covid-19. Umesh Yadav, who was originally meant to undergo rehab for a quad injury in Bengaluru, has been called into the squad and is now in line to play his first T20I in over two years.
Mohammed Shami, 32, hasn’t been seen on the field since July 2022 and has not played a T20I since November 2021. Nevertheless, his experience, and his performance in the IPL – 20 wickets in 16 matches for the champions Gujarat Titans – were seen as key assets, prompting the selectors to keep him on standby for the World Cup.

Navdeep Saini Injured And Ruled Out Of Duleep Trophy And Upcoming India A Unofficial ODI Series

Navdeep Saini has been injured and is ruled out of the Duleep Trophy currently underway in Tamil Nadu centers as well as the upcoming unofficial ODI series between India A and New Zealand A. Rishi Dhawan has been roped in as a replacement in the A squad.

Navdeep Saini | AFP / Saeed Khan
Navdeep Saini | AFP / Saeed Khan

Navdeep Saini has had hamstring issues and had to be pulled out of bowling from North Zone’s game against South Zone in Salem. In South Zone’s first innings, the 29-year-old pacer bowled only 11.2 overs (1/58) before suffering the injury.

He, however, batted in the team’s first innings (made four runs). In the second innings, he did not bowl. It is likely he will be reported to the NCA.