Mumbai, March 30: In a huge setback to Team India ahead of crucial semi-final against West Indies in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the squad.
The ICC has confirmed that Yuvraj Singh would not play in the semi-final for Team India at Wankhede Stadium on Thursday and Manish Pandey has been included in the squad as a replacement. (Preview: India Vs WI semi-final in Mumbai)
In an official statement ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 has approved Manish Pandey as a replacement player for Yuvraj Singh in India's squad for the tournament. (Virat Kohli: Man who makes steep run-chases look ridiculously easy)
Yuvraj twisted his ankle while batting in the previous match against Australia in Mohali and has been ruled out of further participation in the tournament.
The 26-year-old Pandey has played two T20Is, which were against Zimbabwe in Harare in July last year. He has also played four ODIs.
Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or ill player, said the ICC report.
This means Yuvraj has been ruled out of the remainder of the series and won't be able to play in the final as well, if Team India beat West Indies and enter in the finals.
The Event Technical Committee of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 is Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager - Cricket, Chairman), Anurag Thakur (host representative), MV Sridhar (Tournament Director), Campbell Jamieson (IBC representative & ICC General Manager - Commercial), and Ian Bishop and Nick Knight ((independent nominees).
An unfortunate injury to Yuvraj Singh has opened the doors for Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey.
However, it will be interesting to see who among the two features in the Playing XI on Thursday (March 31).