Navdeep Saini injured in Duleep trophy match, banned from India A-series against New Zealand A

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Indian fast bowler Navdeep Saini has been officially banned from India A’s ongoing Duleep Trophy and upcoming one-day matches against New Zealand A on Sunday due to a right groin injury.

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All-rounder Rishi Dhawan has been named to replace Saini in the Indian A-selection. Saini is now going to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for further treatment of his injury.

“Navdeep Saini sustained a right groin injury on Day 1 of the Duleep Trophy semifinal match between North Zone and South Zone. He has been banned from the ongoing tournament and also from the upcoming one-day series of three matches between India A and New Zealand A .”

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“Saini is now going to the NCA for further treatment of his injury. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Rishi Dhawan as Saini’s replacement in India A-squad,” the BCCI said in an official release.

Earlier, Saini had to be withdrawn from North Zone’s semi-final bowling match against South Zone in Salem due to hamstring problems. In the first innings of South Zone, the pacer threw only 11.2 overs (1/58) before getting injured.

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However, he batted in the team’s first innings (made four runs). In the second innings, Saini didn’t bowl, raising questions about his future participation.

Saini had played for Kent in the County Championship this year, taking eleven wickets in two matches and scalping five wickets in as many matches during the team’s winning run in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

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India A side, led by wicketkeeper batter Sanju Samson, will face New Zealand A in three games in Chennai on September 22, 25 and 27 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

India A-squad: Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Rajat Patidar, Sanju Samson (Captain), KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Kuldeep Yadav, Shabhaz Ahmed, Rahul Chahar, Tilak Varma, Kuldeep Sen, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Rishi Dhawan, Raj Angad Bawa.

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