Irfan Pathan replaces Vinay Kumar for Sri Lanka tour

Irfan Pathan took 13 wickets in eight matches and 100 runs in five innings during Asia Cup 2012 in Bangladesh © Getty Images

New Delhi: Jul 13, 2012


All-rounder Irfan Pathan replaced injured fast bowler R Vinay Kumar in India’s squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour which gets underway from July 21.


“R Vinay Kumar suffered a right hamstring injury while training Thursday. He will hence not be available for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka,” confirmed a release from Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India Friday.


“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Pathan as Vinay Kumar’s replacement in the Indian squad.”


The BCCI statement added that “Vinay Kumar is expected to regain match-fitness in three weeks”.


Pathan was overlooked for the five one-day internationals and a T20 international in Sri Lanka when the team was picked last week.


India play their first ODI in Hambantota July 21.(IANS)