In a release issued by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Secretary Jay Shah said, ‘Mohammed Shami has failed to fully recover from Kovid-19. He will not be able to take part in the three-match T20 series. The All India Selection Committee has included Umesh in place of Shami and Shreyas Iyer in place of Hooda. Apart from this, Shahbaz Ahmed has also been added to the T20 team.
The Indian team will play matches against South Africa in Guwahati on October 2 and Indore on October 4 after the first T20 International on Wednesday.
Indian squad for T20 International series against South Africa: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Lokesh Rahul (Vice-Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Shahbaz Ahmed.