Mumbai pace spearhead Dhawal Kulkarni is being sent to Australia on an urgent basis as replacement for injured Indian seamer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, according to Cricket Board secretary Sanjay Patel.
"Dhawal will be flying to Australia on Saturday and we are in the process of getting his visa done. He is going there as cover for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who has injured his ankle and will come home, take treatment, and then go back to Australia," Patel told PTI.
Kulkarni had played for Mumbai in the season-opening Ranji Trophy Group A match for a losing cause against Jammu and Kashmir and returned figures of two for 47 and none for 57 in the two innings in which the visitors made 254 and 237 for six to shock Mumbai by four wickets.
Kulkarni has not been included in the Mumbai team for its next two matches against Railways and Uttar Pradesh. Kulkarni is not part of the ongoing first Test in Adelaide.
Mumbai pull out Australia-bound Kulkarni from Ranji team
Mumbai will be without the services of Dhawal Kulkarni when they take on Railways in their second Ranji Trophy cricket league match from December 14-17 as the medium-pacer has been called in as cover for injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the India squad touring Australia.
Bhuvneshwar, who is part of the Indian pace quintet, was been ruled out of the first two Tests with an injured ankle.
Kulkarni, who has represented India in 4 ODIs, will also miss Mumbai's third group match against Uttar Pradesh in Kanpur between December 21-24.
Kulkarni, 26, had played for Mumbai in the season-opening Group A match against Jammu and Kashmir and returned with overall figures of 2 for 104 in the team's shocking four-wicket loss.
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