India A in West Indies 2012 May 26, 2012

Injured RP Singh out of A tour to West Indies

ESPNcricinfo staff

RP Singh, the India fast bowler, has been ruled out of the A tour to the West Indies next month after injuring his right knee. He has been replaced by the Delhi right-arm seamer Parvinder Awana, who was impressive for Kings XI Punjab during the current edition of the IPL.

RP, who last played for India during the tour of England in 2011, took ten wickets in 11 games for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Awana impressed with his pace and control, leading Kings XI wicket charts with 17 wickets in 11 games, with a best of 4 for 34. He has claimed 110 first-class wickets from 32 matches in his career at an average of just under 30. He was expecting a call-up to the A squad when it was announced last month, but took the disappointment in his stride.

Awana said he was happy his recent performances were being recognised.

"I am very happy. All the hard work that I have put in and the wickets I have taken has come good today," Awana told ESPNcricinfo. "I would credit both the IPL and first-class cricket. The IPL got me noticed and all my first-class experience helped me do well in the IPL."

India A play three four-day matches, three one-day matches and two Twenty20s on the tour, which begins in Barbados on June 2.

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  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Dhawan Kulkarni, MAndeep Singh, Rayudu, Naman Ohja, Bisla, Gurkereet, Nadeem... these guys couldn't find a place?!?!?! IS there actually a selection panel?!?!?! I can't believe there are still persisting with SAHA... :))))

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    ....india have any fast bowler ......which can bowl 150kph...

  • Satish on May 28, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    He gets what he deserved.. Was very good in IPL and wish he plays well and adds more to his reputation.. Good luck Mr.Awana..

  • Sony on May 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer... I also wish to see praveen developing into a world class swing bowler. But even after 5 years of playing international cricket I couldn't see any improvement in him. And am sure he will keep performing at the same level for another 10 years if given chances. But you will never hear any teams losing sleep over his presence in the opposition team. I know its a bit harsh on him, but it depends on whether you are satisfied with average bowlers (avg at international level not domestic) or want to keep searching for players who have the potential to become international quality bowlers.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    shahbaz nadeem most deservng plyer this ipl but he is not in the india a TEAM...i dont knw y ??????

  • aravamuthan on May 27, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Poetic justice, isn't it! This guy from the rural background has been very consistent in this Ranji season. He needs to be nurtured.

  • Aswin on May 27, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @sony_sr what wrong did praveen kumar do to be dumped?Just because he bowled horribly in death overs of few oneday matches it does not overshadow the fact that he is the BEST SWING BOWLER in India . If you think he cannot win test matches, recollect his performances in west indies and england . Many people seem to think medium pacers cant succeed in test cricket. Even Ian Chappell advocates the need of a genuine swing bowler like Praveen because he can test batsman's technique with some nibbling movement. Learn to put your views into perspective before comparing performances in different formats. And by the way praveen runs through sides in indian conditions on flat tracks.

  • Sony on May 27, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Awana deserved it in the first place itself ahead of RP.

    I hope our selectors don't invest any more time on nehra, munaf, sreeshanth, vinay kumar, praveen kumar, rp singh and mithun. I may seem a bit harsh on vinay and praveen, but the fact is these guys will always produce average performance and once in a while a good performance, but can never grow into world class bowlers who can win test matches on their own. Sreeshanth is an exception as he has genuene talant but a waste of time investing on him as he is the best case of wasted talent.

    Lets have zaheer play in tests alone till his fitness allow (maximum 1-2 more years I think). I hope umesh, varun, awana and ishant sharma will form the nucleas of indian pace bowling attack in the coming years. Am keen to watch the improvement of a few other bowlers like shami ahmed, dhawal kulkarni, ashok dinda, pankaj singh, abu nechim and rahul shukla. dhawal kulkarni was very impressive in this ipl.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    GREAT GREAT News !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • George on May 27, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    These guys are all T20 tigers, however when it comes to test cricket they have no stamina what so ever.

    They are nothing but a set of useless lash and dash players.

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