Irfan Pathan joins India squad

Indore, India — All-rounder Irfan Pathan has been drafted into the India squad for their two remaining One-Day Internationals against West Indies in place of pacer Umesh Yadav, who will leave for Australia early to get acclimatised for an upcoming tour.

Yadav will be among seven Indian cricketers leaving on Thursday for Australia for the four-Test series, starting at the MCG in Melbourne on December 26.

Left-hander Pathan, 27, who made his debut for India in a Test match against Australia when he was just 19, had been out of the reckoning for the national side of late due to his indifferent bowling form.

He last played for India in the Twenty20 World Cup against West Indies in June 2009, and his last 50-over match was five months before that.

However, some solid performances in the domestic circuit this season, during which he took 21 wickets in three games, brought him back on the selectors’ radar.

Selectors retained the rest of the squad, which lead the ODI Seires against West Indies 2-1 with the last two ODIs on Thursday (Indore) and Sunday (Chennai).

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 05:42