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Shami replaces injured Pathan for WI tri-series

June 24, 2013 19:29 IST

Mohammed ShamiBengal pacer Mohammed Shami has been named as Irfan Pathan's replacement in the Indian squad for the upcoming tri-series in the West Indies.

Pathan, who was a part of the ICC Champions Trophy winning squad, has been ruled out due to hamstring injury. He will fly back to India for an extensive rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.

- I will never ever compromise on pace: Shami

Irfan didn't play a single match in the tournament but did take part in the warm-up game against Sri Lanka at Birmingham where he went for 45 runs in five wicketless overs.

The 23-year-old Shami, who is considered to be one of the fastest bowlers in India, has played five ODIs for India taking four wickets. He has also played 15 first-class matches taking 65 wickets in the process.

Shami is familiar with the conditions in the Caribbean islands as he went on his maiden India A tour during last season.

Photograph: BCCI