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India summons bowling cover for ODIs against SA

India call up Rakesh Patel, Ishant Sharma and Ranadeb Bose for the ODIs against South Africa as many players have a viral infection.

cricket Updated: Jun 25, 2007 20:12 IST

India have called up medium-pace bowlers Rakesh Patel, Ishant Sharma and Ranadeb Bose for the one-day series against South Africa which starts on Tuesday in Belfast as several members of the squad have a viral infection.

"Ajit Agarkar, (Shanthakumaran) Sreesanth and (Mahendra) Dhoni are still to recover fully," board secretary Niranjan Shah said in a statement on Monday.

"As a precautionary measure the team management...has requested Rakesh Patel of Baroda, who is currently playing league cricket in England, reach Northern Ireland tomorrow."

Uncapped Patel, 28, is a consistent performer in domestic cricket.

"The board is also making arrangements for Ishant Sharma and Ranadeb Bose to join the team within the next two days," added Shah.

Sharma and Bose are part of the test squad for next month's tour of England.

India beat hosts Ireland by nine wickets in a one-off one-dayer on Saturday.

Their second match against South Africa is on Friday and the final one-dayer on July 1.

India then play Pakistan in a charity one-dayer in Glasgow on July 3 before travelling to England.

First Published: Jun 25, 2007 19:58 IST