In December Mohammed Shami got fracture in his forearm while playing Test match in Australia in Adelaide. On the third day of the first Test match Shami was hit by a Pat Cummins delivery. Since December 19, Shami was out of action.
It was expected that his fracture will heal within four to six weeks but he was not considered fit to play for the England four-Test series.
On Saturday (March 28) , coach of Punjab Kings, Anil Kumble confirmed that Mohammed Shami is fit to play and ready to represent the franchise in the Indian Premier League 2021. which will be starting from April 9. Punjab Kings is going to start IPL 2021 campaign against Rajasthan Royals on April 12.
Shami picked 20 wickets in 14 matches in IPL 2020.He has been working at regaining match fitness at the National Cricket Academy. He will have to undergo a week-long quarantine ahead of the IPL because he was out of the bio-secure environment during his recovery period.
“He is fine as far as I know. He is coming to the bio-bubble for the quarantine and he will be out in a few days. I know he hasn’t played any matches since his injury but he is good to go. We are really looking forward to him playing a few practice games and then getting ready for the first game,” Kumble told Sportstar.
“I think in the smaller auctions, people will tend to forget that the options are minimal. Every team wants to reinforce and fill the gaps and since the options are lesser, you tend to spend a lot more on the players. We wanted to have a squad which gives us options in case we want to rotate a few of our fast bowlers. Even our young Indian pacers are exciting. It is a fairly long tournament and the conditions will be pretty hot,” Kumble said.
Kumble also gave the information that KL Rahul is going to be the first-choice wicketkeeper ahead of Prabhsimran Singh and Nicholas Pooran.
“K. L. will be starting as a wicketkeeper and then, we will take a call. He did a great job last year and he will continue this year as well.” Said Kumble