Tamil Nadu’’s Balaji replaces injured Munaf for Sri Lanka tour

February 2nd, 2009 - 5:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Chennai/Colombo, Feb.2 (ANI): Tamil Nadu and South Zone fast bowler Laxmipathy Balaji has been recalled to the Indian team. He will replace Munaf Patel in the squad that is playing an ODI series in Sri Lanka.
Munaf sustained a groin injury and was forced to return home after the second ODI.
A cricinfo report said that Balaji last played for India in an ODI in 2005 in Sri Lanka before a stress fracture forced him out of the game.
He returned to first-class cricket this season after a back surgery and a remodelled action. He was instrumental in taking Tamil Nadu into the semi-finals with 36 wickets from seven games at 17.50. His comeback to cricket started in the first season of the IPL, where his 11 wickets in nine games for Chennai Super Kings included a hat-trick.
Munaf, who will head to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for rehabilitation, had an MRI scan done on Sunday, which revealed the injury. “He won”t be fit anyway till February 8 so we are not taking any chances and are sending him back,” Prakash Dixit, the Indian team manager, said. (ANI)

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