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Mohammed Shami could feature in the next Ranji Trophy game for Bengal

CAB had also tried to get him in the squad for the previous game.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami of India. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian team will fly to Australia for the next assignment and will play 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 4 Tests on the tour down under. All the members of the Test squad are aware of the fact that this is a really good chance to win the first ever series since it is a depleted Australian team and in the middle of a forgettable run. Mohammed Shami who is expected to play a crucial role in the fast bowling unit wants to be at his best ahead of the tour.

Therefore is expected to take the field for Bengal in their next Ranji Trophy match against Kerala at home. The third round game will be played from November 20-23 at the Eden Gardens. Shami will leave for Australia after playing the game since the tour starts with the T20I series. Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly confirmed the news and said that Shami has expressed interest in playing the game.

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Shami interested to play

“Shami has expressed his interest to play. If he plays, it’s good for the Bengal side,” Ganguly was quoted as saying on Times Now.

Since he had some time in hand, the pacer after the conclusion of the Windies series was in Bengal and even spent time with the domestic team during their ongoing match against Madhya Pradesh.

Ganguly also added that they wanted to feature Shami in the previous game but he had a few fitness issues to address as well. “We had written a letter before the first match as well to play him but he had few fitness issues for which he had to undergo rehabilitation. If he plays, it’s great,” Ganguly added.

CAB questions quality of umpiring

The CAB was also in news earlier having raised questions about the standard of umpiring in domestic cricket. The association had claimed that lower level umpires were deployed for Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments. The BCCI has acknowledged it and said that it will relook into the matter.

“The points raised are well received… We will definitely relook at the match allocations to ensure that top eight ranked umpires from group C, no matter from which association they belong to, posted for Ranji matches,” KVP Rao, assistant General Manager, cricket operations of the board wrote in a reply to CAB joint-secretary Avishek Dalmiya.

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