[caption id="attachment_648241" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-648241" alt="Mohammed Shami AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Mohammed-Shami1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Mohammed Shami AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india" target="_blank">India </a>speedster <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Mohammed-Shami" target="_blank">Mohammed Shami</a> is all set to play for Bengal in their opening round <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Ranji-Trophy-2017-18" target="_blank">Ranji Trophy 2017-18</a> encounter against Services, starting October 6. Shami, who was part of the Indian ODI team has not been picked for the three-match T20 series, which opened the window for him to represent his state side. With wicketkeeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami picked for India A ODIs against New Zealand, Shami will be his direct replacement. With Wriddhiman Saha in the team, Bengal does not require a back-up keeper as of now. <p></p> <p></p>"Since Shami has not played much cricket during the past three weeks save the lone ODI, he is fit and fresh. He is a certainty for the New Zealand ODIs but a couple of Ranji games will certainly give some much required game time," a BCCI official privy to selection matters told <em>PTI</em> today. <p></p> <p></p>Shami is expected to join Bengal practice on Wednesday. The pacer featured in only one ODI in the recently-concluded five-match series against Australia. He remained wicketless conceding 62 runs in 10 overs.