Injured pacer Munaf to return to India
May 18, 2007 - 1:14:55 PM

Chittagong, May 18 - India's pacer Munaf Patel is returning home due to a back injury and will be replaced by lanky Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma, the board announced Friday.

Patel was omitted for the first Test against Bangladesh that began here Friday. Left-arm-pacer Rudra Pratap Singh replaced him at the Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium.

Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India -, said in an e-mail message that the Baroda bowler 'has been declared unfit with pain in the lower back'.

'The team management - has decided to send Munaf back and they have requested a replacement for him,' Shah said.

'Chairman of selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar, in consultation with his colleagues, has decided to send young Ishant Sharma to reinforce the team -.'

Vengsarkar is here with the team.

Earlier, pacer Sreesanth was sent back to India with a calf problem. Singh, who was here for the One-day International series, was asked to stay back as his replacement.

India won the ODI series 2-0.

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