New Delhi: Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and swing bowler S Sreesanth have been ruled out of the Test series in the West Indies due to injuries.
Karnataka paceman Abhimanyu Mithun and Praveen Kumar have been named as their replacements in the Indian Test squad.
Zaheer has a knee injury while Sreesanth is suffering from elbow injury. Both the players are undergoing rehabilitation at the moment.
"Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth have been ruled out of the forthcoming Test series against the West Indies. Zaheer has a right ankle problem, and Sreesanth has a right elbow problem. Both players will require some time off for rehabilitation," a media release from the Indian Cricket Board said.
The BCCI, however, did not mention the time the duo will need to recover from their injuries. After the West Indies series, India will embark on a full tour of England next month with a four-match Test series starting on July 21.
India are already without star batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh for the entire tour of the West Indies.
Zaheer was rested from the ongoing five-match ODI series against the West Indies while Sreesanth was not picked. Both played in the IPL after the gruelling World Cup.
Injury to the two speedsters could once again ignite the club versus country debate as the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir played in the IPL despite injuries.
The first of the three-Test series against the West Indies starts from June 20.