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Raina to miss first ODI vs NZ due to viral fever

Last updated on: October 13, 2016 13:50 IST

Suresh RainaIndia's middle order batsman Suresh Raina has been ruled out of the first One-Day International against New Zealand to be played in Dharamsala on Sunday because of viral fever.

"The BCCI Medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever, is ruled out of the first ODI of the Paytm ODI Trophy against New Zealand," Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Ajay Shirke said in a media release on Thursday.

However, there will be no replacement in the team.

Raina was looking forward to feature in his first ODI match for India since October 2015.

The southpaw was dropped for the ODIs in Australia and the limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe earlier this year besides the two-match T20 series against the West Indies in the US.

He has not had time in the middle since the Duleep Trophy where his scores read 52, 35 and 90.

Raina led Uttar Pradesh in the team's Ranji Trophy opener against Madhya Pradesh last week but did not come out to bat. Uttar Pradesh were thrashed by an innings and 64 run defeat at the hands of Madhya Pradesh.

India's squad for first three ODIs vs NZ: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jaspreet Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep, KedarJadhav.

India vs NZ ODI series fixtures:

Match

Date

Venue

1st ODI

16-Oct

Dharamsala

2nd ODI

20-Oct

Delhi

3rd ODI

23-Oct

Mohali

4th ODI

26-Oct

Ranchi

5th ODI

29-Oct

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