Yuvraj replaced by Pandey in India's squad

ICC's Event Technical Committee has approved of the change in India's squad, after Yuvraj Singh was ruled out of the tournament due to a twisted ankle. Manish Pandey, the Karnataka batsman, has been drafted in as his replacement.

Due to a twisted ankle, Yuvraj Singh struggled to bat on in Mohali against Australia.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

It's official. Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Twenty20. The left-handed batsman has been replaced by Manish Pandey, who had joined the squad in Mumbai as cover for Yuvraj ahead of Thursday's semifinal against the West Indies.

The International Cricket Council in a statement on Wednesday confirmed that the event technical committee has approved Pandey's inclusion in place of Yuvraj, who had injured his ligament during India’s last league game against Australia on Sunday.

Team director Ravi Shastri said Yuvraj will be missed and his absence will have an impact on the Indian team’s composition.

“It will have an impact because he’s had his moments. I thought his three overs were brilliant in the last game. That really put the brakes on the scoring and allowed us to come back into the game,” Shastri said on Wednesday.

“After the first four overs it was a no-contest, because at one stage it looked like 200-plus which would have been very difficult to chase on that surface. So, he will be missed. Unfortunate it’s an injury that happened during the game. Looking to take off, he did his ankle in and I believe its a minor tear in the ankle.”

Yuvraj’s injury will mean the Indian team management will have to decide on whether to draft in a specialist batsman — Pandey or Ajinkya Rahane — or get in a spin-bowling all-rounder like Pawan Negi in the XI.

Shastri said the team composition was yet to be discussed.“We’ve not decided because Manish has just joined the party yesterday. We’ll take a good look at everything in the nets and see what our best options will be for tomorrow’s game. We’ll have to keep those overs in mind,” Shastri said.

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