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Washington Sundar out of limited-overs leg of England tour

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Jasprit Bumrah had earlier been ruled out of the three-match T20I series.

In a second setback to the visiting Indian team, Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the entire limited-overs leg of the tour of England because of an ankle injury.

Sundar, the 18-year-old off-spinning all-rounder, suffered the injury while playing football during a training session in Malahide prior to the two-match Twenty20 International series against Ireland.

He missed those two games, both of which India won handsomely, and “subsequently underwent scans and was seen by a specialist”, according to a Board of Control for Cricket in India statement.

Unfortunately for the youngster, he hasn’t recovered, and will miss the three T20Is and three one-day internationals against England.

Krunal Pandya, the 27-year-old left-arm spinner and lower-order batsman – also Hardik Pandya's older brother – has been named as Sundar’s replacement in the T20I side, while Axar Patel, another left-arm spinner and handy batsman, has been brought in for the ODI series.

As reported earlier, Jasprit Bumrah, India’s premier white-ball paceman, will also miss the T20I series against England after fracturing his left thumb during the first T20I against Ireland. Bumrah still returned 2/19 in that game but sat out the second fixture.

Jasprit Bumrah is expected to recover in time for the ODIs
Jasprit Bumrah is expected to recover in time for the ODIs

Deepak Chahar, the uncapped 25-year-old right-arm paceman who was hugely impressive for Chennai Super Kings in the latest edition of the Indian Premier League, will be a part of the T20I squad in the absence of Bumrah.

Bumrah, the No.1 ODI bowler in the world, is expected to recover in time for the 50-over matches.

The T20Is will be played on 3, 6 and 8 July, while the ODIs will be played on 12, 14 and 17 July. The two teams will then play a five-match Test series in August-September.

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