Ganguly: Shami inclusion is worth the risk


India were right to include fast bowler Mohammed Shami in their squad for the World T20, despite the paceman still carrying a hamstring injury, according to former captain Sourav Ganguly.

The 25 year-old Shami was picked for the biggest event in the shortest format of the game despite not playing for the national side since the World Cup in March last year.

The right-arm seamer recovered from a knee injury to be included in India's squad for the recent tour to Australia but withdrew because he suffered a hamstring injury during training.

With the World T20 starting in India in early March, Ganguly feels Shami has enough to time to recover for the tournament and that the erratic form of fellow seamer Umesh Yadav also came into the selectors' consideration.

Ganguly said: "The selection of Shami is worth the risk, considering the pace he brings to the table. It is not a surprise, but a necessity for India. If he doesn't get fit, the selectors can always find a replacement.

"But, they have selected him hoping he reaches optimum fitness, till the tournament begins. Umesh's form also was taken into consideration."

Hosts India will play opening game of the World T20 proper when they take on New Zealand in Nagpur on 15 March.