Indian pacer Mohammed Shami’s career again fell into dark shade. Despite personal issues, he got the B Grade contract for the year 2018 from BCCI and played for Delhi Daredevils in a couple of matches but could not do well. On the other hand, he failed the YO-YO test and lost the chance to represent India in the first ever test against Afghanistan to be played at Bangalore on 14th June. The Rookie-based pacer Navdeep Saini was called into the team to replace Shami.
Saini performed consistently in the recent Ranji Trophy and did well in the domestic cricket. He is one of the fastest test-match bowlers for India right now. He was included in the squad of India-A to play the UK in a four-day match. He picked 96 wickets from 31 first-class games.
The Indian cricket authorities set a parameter of 16.1 as the benchmark to clear Yo-yo test. Recently, the BCCI made the clearance of Yo-yo test, a mandatory for inclusion in the team. On the other hand, Sanju Samson also failed to clear the yo-yo test. Yo-yo test is the parameter to assess the athletic performance of a player.
The BCCI stated in a press release that “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Navdeep Saini as Mohammed Shami’s replacement in the Indian Test team for the upcoming Paytm Test against Afghanistan. The announcement came after Mohd. Shami failed to clear the fitness test at NCA, Bengaluru,”
According to an anonymous BCCI official, “Karun Nair and Hardik Pandya were the two best performers in the Yo-Yo Test with scores of above 18.”
On the other hand, Shami, who picked 110 wickets from 30 test-matches escaped a minor accident before IPL and could not do well for Delhi Daredevils indeed. The BCCI issued a clean chit to this pacer regarding spot-fixing allegations followed by an internal probe.
The BCCI asked Mohammed Siraj and Rajanish Gurubani to take the fitness tests for Afghanistan and England series. They called up for Ankit Rajpoot, who could not attend the test due to illness.