Bridgetown: Unheralded Vidarbha pacer Umesh Yadav will fly to West Indies on Friday to replace injured Praveen Kumar, who was on Thursday ruled out of the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup due to a side strain.
Praveen had sustained the injury during a practice session at the 3Ws Oval and the Indian team management sent him for an MRI which revealed a a tear in abdomen muscle.
"Praveen Kumar has sustained a side strain and has been ruled out of the ICC World T20 2010, as a result. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked Umesh Yadav as his replacement," the BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.
Interestingly, Yadav was not part of the pool of 30 probables and he now needs a nod from the tournament's technical committee, which is expected to be a formality.