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Dinesh Karthik Replaces Injured Wriddhiman Saha For Test Against Afghanistan

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| June 2 , 2018 , 14:37 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed the replacement of injured wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha with Dinesh Karthik in India's one-off historic against Afghanistan which is to be played in Bengaluru, starting June 14.

The Test will now mark Karthik's comeback in the longest format, who last played Test in against Bangladesh in 2010. Saha was under the care of the BCCI medical staff after suffering a thumb injury while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier of IPL 2018.

"Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the one-off Test against Afghanistan to be held in Bengaluru from the 14th of June, 2018. Saha suffered an injury to his right thumb while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders on 25th May 2018 at the Eden Gardens," the BCCI statement read.

"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," the statement added.

Earlier, the management was hoping for the wicket-keeper to recover in time to play against Afghanistan but later decided to give him adequate rest before the start of England Test series. Parthiv Patel was earlier seen as a potential replacement for Saha.

Karthik made his Test debut in 2004 and has played 23 Tests for India till date, having scored 1000 runs including a century and seven half-centuries. He scored three half-centuries against England in 2007. The historic test will mark Afghanistan's maiden appearance into red ball cricket.