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)