Shami unlikely to play ODIs and T20Is; Test availability depends on...

The 33-year-old was the highest wicket-taker of the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

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India's star speedster Mohammed Shami is doubtful to be considered for white-ball cricket in the future to prolong his Test career. The news agency PTI reported that Shami is focusing on seven test matches that are to be played this year. The test series against England will be played at home and Shami is expected to play the role of anchor sheet in the sub-continental conditions where the ball reverses a lot as it becomes old.

Impeccable performance in World Cup 2023

The 33-year-old was the highest wicket-taker of the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. He scalped 24 wickets in 11 matches. The ace pacer is currently nursing an ankle injury. 

Shami's name was not included in the white ball series against South Africa, where India will play three T20Is and three ODIs. However, his availability for the two-match test series is subject to his fitness. If the reports are true then Shami would not be considered for the shorter formats.

Shami's participation in T20s is under scrutiny

Notably, this isn't the first time that his participation in the cricket's shortest format is under scrutiny. He wasn't part of T20 contingent for a year after the ICC World Cup T20 2023 which was played in UAE. Although, selectors are in favor of allowing the experienced players, who played World Cup 2023. The decision can be a key factor for India's T20 campaign as the World Cup is just six months away. 
"Whether Shami will play next year's T20 World Cup will depend on how he fares in the Indian Premier League, where he has had two good seasons for the Gujarat Titans," said PTI.

At the moment, the priority is getting Shami back to full health before India plays seven straight Tests, two in South Africa and five at home against England.

The reports also claimed that Shami consulted a Mumbai-based doctor to diagnose his ankle condition.

Earlier, Shami didn't feature in the first four matches of the ODI World Cup 2023. He was included in the playing XI after Hardik Pandya tore his left ankle ligament against Bangladesh.