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India call up Karthik for Champions Trophy after Pandey injury

Reuters logo Reuters 23-05-2017
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Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has been called up to India's squad for next month's Champions Trophy, replacing the injured Manish Pandey, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said on Thursday.

Pandey sustained a left-side strain during a practice session with the Kolkata Knight Riders for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Karthik was part of India's 2013 Champions Trophy-winning squad and has been in strong form on the domestic circuit this year. He was the second-highest run scorer for his IPL team Gujarat Lions, scoring 361 runs.

India begin their Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at Birmingham on June 4.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Lough)

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