Balaji to replace injured Munaf for Lanka series

Munaf Patel has been rendered unfit due to a groin injury.

Balaji to replace injured Munaf for Lanka series

New Delhi: Munaf Patel, who is part of the Indian squad, currently touring Sri Lanka, has been rendered unfit due to a groin injury and Lakshmipathy Balaji will replace him for the remaining ODIs.

Munaf will return to India for rehabilitation which will take at least 7-10 days to be fully fit.

The National Selection Committee decided to name a replacement for Munaf for the Sri Lankan tour followed by a request from the Indian team management in Sri Lanka.

The lanky bowler suffered the injury during India's six-wicket win over hosts Sri Lanka in the first ODI on January 28.

Balaji will fly to Sri Lanka Monday night. He last played an One-dayer in 2005 in Sri Lanka before a stress fracture forced him out of the game.



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