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With the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia later this year, Team India faces a selection dilemma with just a handful of games left before the start of the tournament. While management has given several newcomers a chance to impress in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa, it is still unclear whether veteran pacer Mohammed Shami will make the switch to the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup. Former India pacer Ashish Nehra said while Shami may not play in the T20 World Cup in Australia, the managers should “definitely” consider Shami for next year’s ODI World Cup at home.
“Looks like he’s not in the plans at the moment (for the T20 World Cup). But if the management needs Shami, we all know his abilities as a bowler. I can understand if he doesn’t play the T20 World Cup He will continue to play test cricket, and even if you want to give young players a chance they should definitely consider him for the 50-over World Cup next year,” Nehra said while interacting on Cricbuzz.
Shami is likely to appear for India against England in the sixth and final Test (July 1-5), which will conclude last year’s Test series.
Both India and England will also play three ODIs from 11 July.
Stressing that England are the team to beat in white ball cricket, Nehra said India would like to play their best players, adding that Shami is certainly one of them.
“We don’t have many ODIs this year and Shami is currently on a break from IPL. India can play him in England for the 50-over games after the test match. You play three ODI games against a top quality Whiteball team like England, and you would definitely love to beat them. And for that you need your best bowlers. I would definitely take Shami in that bracket,” he added.
Speaking of the England vs India Test series, the visitors led the series 2-1 after the fifth Test was canceled due to a Covid outbreak in the Indian camp.
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