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Patel given India call-up

Medium pacer joins diminished bowling attack for tri-series

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India have called medium pacer Munaf Patel into their squad for the tri-series with Sri Lanka and New Zealand in a bid to bolster the side's bowling attack.

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Injury problems had already blighted India before they left for a three-Test series in Sri Lanka, with seamers Zaheer Khan and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth being ruled out.

Ishant Sharma then picked up an ankle problem, making him unavailable for the first match of the three-way 50-over series against the Black Caps, a contest India would go on to lose by 200 runs.

Abhimanyu Mithun was brought in as a replacement but had to leave the field after bowling only four overs due to heat stroke.

Leading spinner Harbhajan Singh has been rested for the tri-series and India have turned to Patel, who has played in 43 one-day internationals, due to a dearth of specialist bowlers.

"Munaf Patel is joining the Indian team in Sri Lanka as an additional member of the squad. He will reach Dambulla tomorrow," Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary N Srinivasan stated.