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Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson was named on Friday as KL Rahul's replacement in India's squad for the five-match T20I series against the West Indies.
Samson was already in the Caribbean as a member of the ODI team which recently won three-match series 3-0.
Sanju last played a T20I for India in the second match against Ireland making 77 while opening the batting.
Earlier, Rahul who had been recovering at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru since flying to Germany for undergoing a sports hernia surgery in late June had been named in the initial squad for the series on July 14 subject to fitness.
However, after testing positive for Covid-19 on July 21, doubts grew over him being fit in time for the series against the West Indies and is now advised rest to recover from the infection.
He has been out of competitive cricketing since featuring in the IPL 2022 Eliminator on May 25 in Kolkata where his team Lucknow Super Giants lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 14 runs at the Eden Gardens.
The T20I series starts on Friday.