Irfan Pathan ruled out of NKP Salve Challenger Trophy with injury

Irfan Pathan (above) has been replaced by Sandeep Warrier in the India Red squad © Getty Images

New Delhi: Sep 17, 2013:

All-rounder Irfan Pathan was on Tuesday ruled out of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, starting later this month, due to an injury.

Irfan has been replaced by Kerala medium-pacer Sandeep Warrier in the India Red squad to be led by his brother Yusuf Pathan.

“Irfan Pathan has been ruled out of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, due to injury,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has replaced him with Sandeep Warrier in the India Red squad,” he added.

Irfan, who has been regularly troubled by injuries since playing a crucial role in India’s One-Day International (ODI) series win in Sri Lanka last year, was earlier ruled out the India A squad for the ongoing unofficial limited-overs series against West Indies A due to injury.

A hamstring injury had earlier curtailed Irfan’s Ranji season, before another injury ruled him out of the tri-series in the West Indies in July.

The Challenger Trophy will be played between three teams — India Blue, India Red and India Green. The matches will be played in Indore from September 26-29.