West Indies A in India September 14, 2013

Injuries rule Praveen and Irfan out of India A squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Quick bowlers Praveen Kumar and Irfan Pathan have been ruled out of the limited-overs games against West Indies A over the next week due to injuries. They have been replaced in the India A squad by Vinay Kumar and Punjab's Siddarth Kaul.

Irfan has been regularly troubled by injuries since a starring role in India's ODI series victory in Sri Lanka last year. A hamstring injury had curtailed his Ranji season, and another one ruled him out of the tri-series in the Caribbean in July. He was part of India's squad in the Champions Trophy but didn't get a game.

Praveen has also had a troubled year, highlighted by a suspension after a disciplinary breach during the Corporate Trophy in February. He hasn't represented India in a year and a half, and hasn't played competitive cricket since the 2013 IPL.

Both Irfan and Praveen had been picked for the India A squad for the three one-dayers and one Twenty20 against West Indies A, but were not in the squads for the four-day games. The first one-dayer will be played in Bangalore, on Sunday.

The selectors made one other change to the squad, including Kerala batsman VA Jagadeesh for the second and third four-day games.

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  • Ashok on September 15, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    As an addendum to my earlier comments. I would recommend both Pathan & Praveen Kumar to follow the Yuvraj's fitness program under a tutor in France. He lost his extra weight, developed a trim sportsman's body + has made a comeback as the Team India A ODI captain & knocked off a magnificient century at a S/R of 138! Wonders of working for fitness thru' exercise & diet + cricket & proving your capability via Performance. A fine example from a great Cricketer who fought Cancer & conquered it thru' grit & discipline - a model worthy of emulating.

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Mukesh Mishra makes an excellent point. At the next press conference involving pathan, a journalist needs to put him and the BCCI on the spot about the fact.

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    One thing I am unable to understand about Irfan patan fitness, He is always fit when playing for IPL and rest of year he is injured. why?

  • Ashok on September 14, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    For any sportsman,Physical Fitness is the #1 priority. Indian Cricketers have on going problems in Fitness. This is partly to do with their style of living & dietary habits. Praveen Kumar & Irfan Pathan have been on the injury list for at least 3 years or longer on an intermittent basis. If they are serious about the playing top class Cricket, they should focus on their fitness. Alternative is to retire. There is no point in dragging their heels in a half hearted manner. Fitness problem also pertains to many top class Cricketers like Zaheer, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Aaron, Tiwary, to name a few. Those Cricketers who take the Physical fitness seriously, prove it by their performance on the field - as in the case of Kohli, Raina, Jadeja, Rahane, Rohit Sharma. These are the best fielders too because of their fitness & nimble movements. Irfan & Praveen should use these guys as their Models & work on their fitness. Their immense talent is stunted by lack of the very basic quality- Fitness!.

  • ABHISHEK on September 14, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Age Is growing so are the injuries. as it is praveen and irfan have not played much cricket in the recent past....now again, they are injured ...but what can you do..Injuries have spoiled so many Careers Recent Examples- Simon Jones, Shoaib Akhtar,Shane Bond

  • $$ milind on September 14, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Praveen Kumar bowled incredibly well on that dismal tour to UK in 2011. Interesting prospect from Kerala- Jagadeesh . Hope he does well

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    These 2 are always prone to injury which seems chronic in nature. As for Irfan, he might well plan for his future. He can concentrate on his batting full time and just forget about bowling. He bowls at 110 to 120 kph and gets injured, so some problem there.

  • narbavi on September 14, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    This is disgusting, i have been a huge fan of Praveen kumar and was wondering why he wasn't playing in the 'A' tour to South Africa, finally gets in to the side and now injured? oh boy, hope he recovers soon, India needs him for the english tour next year

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