Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra [ Images ] will replace Praveen Kumar [ Images ] in India's [ Images ] squad for the first One-Day International against New Zealand [ Images ] on Sunday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday.
Kumar will miss the first of the five-match series due to fever, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.
India named a second-string squad for the first two matches with opener Gautam Gambhir [ Images ] captaining the side after regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni [ Images ] and four other frontline players were rested.
The five-match ODI series will kick-off in Guwahati on Sunday.
Indian team: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Murali Vijay [ Images ], Virat Kohli [ Images ], Yuvraj Singh [ Images ], Suresh Raina [ Images ], Saurabh Tiwary [ Images ], Wriddhiman Saha (w/k), R Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel [ Images ], S Sreesanth [ Images ], Yusuf Pathan [ Images ], Ravindra Jadeja [ Images ], Ashish Nehra/Praveen Kumar.