Shami was banned from the rubber starting Tuesday late Saturday night after testing positive for COVID-19.
“Fast bowler Mohd. Shami will not be able to compete in the upcoming three-day Mastercard T20I series against Australia after he tests positive for COVID-19. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Umesh Yadav as his replacement,” the BCCI said in a statement.
The board also said pacer Navdeep Saini has been banned from the upcoming one-day three-game series between India A and New Zealand A after suffering a right groin injury on the first day of the ongoing Duleep Trophy semi-final match between North Zone and South Zone.
Rishi Dhawan has been named as Saini’s replacement in the India A-squad.
“He (Saini) has been banned from the ongoing tournament and also from the upcoming three-game one-day series between India A and New Zealand A. Saini now heads to the NCA for further management of his injury.”
Umesh, who played the last of his seven T20Is against Australia in 2019, was back in the schedule after recovering from a quadriceps injury sustained during his county stint in England.
The comeback of 35-year-old Umesh is nothing short of a fairy tale, as his provincial stint at Middlesex was cut short by the quadriceps injury.
He had a great first leg in the 2022 IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders as he swung the ball at a fast pace.
For Middlesex, he impressed in the Royal London Cup, taking 16 wickets in seven List A games, including a five-for and a four-wicket haul.
“Umesh was in rehab with the NCA after he came back and it wasn’t a tear so he is now recovered and fit to play,” a BCCI source had told PTI.
India squad for Australia series: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
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, Ushmran Malik, , Raj Angad Bawa