NEW DELHI, June 2: India�s wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha was today ruled out of the historic one-off Test against Afghanistan after failing to recover from the thumb injury he suffered in this year�s Indian Premier League.
The BCCI today named Dinesh Karthik as Saha�s replacement for Afghanistan�s debut Test match to be held in Bengaluru starting June 14.
�Mr Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the one-off Paytm Test against Afghanistan to be held in Bengaluru from the 14th of June, 2018,� BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.
�He was under observation by the medical staff of the BCCI and the management has decided to give him adequate rest before the start of the England Test series. Saha�s recovery period is expected to be around five to six weeks,� he added.
The 33-year-old stumper suffered the injury to his right thumb while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 of the IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders on May 25 at the Eden Gardens.
�The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Mr Dinesh Karthik as the replacement for injured Saha,� the BCCI statement further read.
Saha did not have the best of IPL this year, scoring just 234 runs in 14 games.
Karthik, on the other hand, had a splendid IPL while leading Kolkata Knight Riders. He scored a mammoth 498 runs in 16 matches to guide KKR to a third-place finish. � PTI