Mumbai: Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has been drafted into the squad for their two remaining ODI against West Indies in place of Umesh Yadav, who will leave for Australia early to get acclimatised for an imminent tour.
Umesh will be amongst 7 Indian cricketers leaving on Thursday for Australia for four-test series, which will be starting in Melbourne on December 26.
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) said in a statement late on Monday that Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Vangipurappu Laxman, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha and Wriddhiman Saha are the rest of the players, who will travel to Australia early.
Selectors also named paceman Abhimanyu Mithun as the replacement for Praveen Kumar, who was ruled out with a fractured rib, in the test squad for Australia.
Kumar missed the ODI series at home against West Indies and is likely to recover in five to six weeks, ruling him out of the Australia tests too.
According to the reports, selectors retained the rest of the squad, which escort the ODI series against West Indies 2-1 with the last two ODIs on Thursday (Indore) and Sunday (Chennai).