Mohd Siraj released from ODI squad for West Indies series

India pacer Mohammed Siraj has been rested for the ODI leg of the ongoing West Indies tour as a precautionary measure after he complained of a sore ankle, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) announced on Thursday.

The BCCI, however, has not sought a replacement for the pacer, who flew back home after India’s 1-0 series win.

“The right-arm pacer has a sore ankle and as a precautionary measure has been advised to rest by the BCCI medical team. The team has not called for a replacement player for the ODI series, which commences on July 27, 2023, in Barbados,” the BCCI said in a statement.

After the West Indies tour, India’s schedule includes the Ireland tour, Asia Cup, which is scheduled from late August to mid-September and will also be engaged in a three-match ODI series against Australia at home in September just before the ODI World Cup at home in October.

Notably, Siraj, 29, has been in action since the start of the year as he has featured in all ODIs for India against Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia.

Meanwhile, Siraj was also part of India’s 2-1 triumph in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (Tests) and also played a crucial part in the IPL 2023 for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In the IPL, the pacer had picked 19 wickets in 14 matches for RCB.

Later, he was also part of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final squad at The Oval against Australia. In the WTC Final, Siraj had scalped five wickets before the West Indies series, where he picked up seven wickets in the two Tests, including a five-for in the first innings of the second Test.

India’s updated ODI squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar

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