India news November 29, 2011

Injured Praveen out of Australia Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Praveen Kumar, the India medium-pacer, has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI series against West Indies as well as the Tests in Australia because of a fractured rib. Praveen had a scan on Monday that revealed the fracture and is expected to be out for five to six weeks. A replacement will be named on December 5 for the Tests in Australia.

The Indian selectors, who had meetings on consecutive days last week to pick squads for the ODIs against West Indies and the Tests in Australia, had included Praveen for both series. But the BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale informed Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, on Sunday afternoon that Praveen had suffered from a 'blunt chest'. Karnataka fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun was immediately appointed as a replacement.

According to the original BCCI media release sent on Monday evening, Praveen had been ruled out only for the first three ODIs of the West Indies series. This came after Virender Sehwag, the stand-in India captain, had said on the eve of the Cuttack ODI that Praveen would be available for the second match on December 3 as he was suffering from "a niggle".

It is understood the selectors were not aware of Praveen's original injury when they had picked him in the squads for the two series. "On the day of the selection, if there is no adverse fitness report then you assume they are fit," a BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo. "If you have not reported you are unfit you are assumed to be fit." According to him the turn of events in Praveen's case caught the selection committee completely by surprise. "The selectors only came to know a day after the Mumbai Test (which ended three days ago)."

This is the second time in 2011 that Praveen has missed an important series because of an injury. Earlier this year a tennis elbow kept him out of the World Cup. Though he suffered an ankle injury towards the end of the England tour, he was India's best bowler in the Pataudi Trophy. The elbow injury troubled him again after the Twenty20 match against England in Kolkata on October 29. Consequently Praveen asked the Indian board for a two-week break. He then played in a Ranji Trophy match for Uttar Pradesh against Saurashtra in Meerut earlier this month to show his fitness.

The earlier story reporting Praveen Kumar's unavailability for the first three ODIs was updated at 11.00 GMT on November 29.

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  • Muthuvel on December 1, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Manpreet gony has taken lots of wickets as well as Irfan.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    v wan IRFAN pathan................. pls bring him back.. he is now rocking in Ranji games.... May ALLAH bless him............

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Stupid selectors y dnt u go for IRFAN....

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 15:16 GMT


  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    I agree....shud try Irfan

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    TORSS PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ SELECT IRFAN...PLZZZZ..WE WANT TO SEE HIM BACK PLAYIN FOR OUR COUNTRY.PLZZZZ Posted by Ashwin Venkat on (November 30 2011, 18:09 PM GMT) go with sreesanth man. he is capable in overseas conditions + Add comments

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    its swing and pace, praveen kumar good for odi, with his contrl, but when it comes to take wickets in clusters he is absolutely a slow death which is good for bangladesh kind of team. India lacks pace and swing demons i would strongly recommend selectors to keep bias out and select on performance but matched with international pace standards if we want any where to win test in pacy wickets.pls kp vinay kumar, abhimanya, praveen , trundlers for t20 and odi, let dhoni enjoy slow catching practice and lbw. we need slip to wake up for an indian encore in australia, three quicks, one all rounder, one off spinner.irfan pathan back in business means 100% chance of scare for australia.or even erratic sresanth but no place for shameless trundlers wat the hell they play for

  • Naresh on December 1, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    ZAKS has a four wicket haul and the Ranji game (is still in progress) This will be good news for India for Australia. Irfan and Nehra should not be disppointed as both could be called upon should Zaheer break down with injury. Anyway I see one of them getting into the ODI side.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    selectors pls select irfan pathan. he had taken 3 fifers in as many matches. he is top wicket taker in this season with 21 scalps. so pls go with him,

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Testing! Kindly Ignore..

    Praveen getting injured is a blessing in disguise now surely zaheer,ishant and umesh yadav or aaron can surely get a chance .for first 2 tests we can give ysdav a chance and see how he performs. And next 2 tests we can bring saron in thus we can play them alternatively and keep them fit and so they can bowl aggressively and competitively.thank god we got 2 fast bowlers now india shd maintain them injury free and add few more fast bowlers who bowl almost 138-140 frequently like ashoke dinda and abu nechim thus we can maintain the fast bowlers.injury free for tests outside india.people want irrfan bak why dont we bring agit agarkar,kapil dev and javagal srinath also back ?? Until irrfan shows consistency in an entire 1-2 ranjis he wonycdeserve to come in to the team .ppl who ate bashing vinay kumar must know the fact that he is the.

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