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Keep yourself fit for England Tests: BCCI suggests a key player

The Test series against England is less than two months away.

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Indian team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Team India will soon be facing Afghanistan in the one-off Test match on June 14 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. They are already without their skipper Virat Kohli and the wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha due to the injury as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are rested. The team will be led by Ajinkya Rahane and they were jolted with the poor fitness of their key pace bowler Mohammed Shami who failed to clear the yo-yo test and was dropped from the side. Navdeep Saini was named as his replacement by the selectors.

Nobody would want to be in Shami’s shoes at the moment as he is battling with his personal issues for the last three months which has also affected his performances and fitness. The BCCI wants him fit in body and mind both for the upcoming England Test series which is less than two months away.

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“There is no doubt about his cricketing skills. He is doing fine with it. The team just wants to get him back in shape – in body and mind. He is vital to the team’s prospects in England,” the source close to the team management was quoted as saying by Times of India. The board has also decided to work out a programme for him and the team will constantly monitor his fitness.

Suggestion from Ricky Ponting

Mohammed Shami barely trained during the Indian Premier League (IPL) while he was with the Delhi Daredevils (DD) according to the reports in TOI. He was suggested by the coach Ricky Ponting to take a break from the team’s hectic travel schedule as he was struggling to cope with his personal issues. The BCCI is now trying to motivate him ahead of the stern series against England as he is tipped to play a crucial role on the tour.

“We will work out a programme for him and the team management will monitor him constantly. He needs to be engaged in cricket. Once he attains the desired fitness levels, he should be fine to go. The team management has been talking to him and will be spending more time with him and try to help him move on,” the source added.

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