Mohali, October 31:
Indiaâ€™s dashing middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of next monthâ€™s one-day series in South Africa, the cricket board said on Tuesday.
Yuvraj suffered a tear in his left knee during a warm-up ahead of Sundayâ€™s Champions Trophy clash against Australia and was rushed to Mumbai to see the boardâ€™s medical consultant Anant Joshi.
Yuvraj will be examined again in two weeks to determine if he will be available for the subsequent three-Test series in South Africa, Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Niranjan Shah said.
â€œAccording to the doctor, there is a tear in the interior cruciate ligament with some amount of bruising of the bone in the left knee and there is also a swelling of the knee,â€ said Shah. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthick, who was put on stand-by on Monday, will take Yuvrajâ€™s place in the 16-man squad which leaves for South Africa on November 13.
Seamer Ajit Agarkar, who broke his left thumb against the West Indies last week, will undergo a fitness test on November 10 in Mumbai, Shah added.
If Agarkar is declared unfit, he will be replaced by young fast bowler Vikram Rajvir Singh.
India begin the six-week tour with a practice match against South Africa â€˜Aâ€™ in Benoni on November 16.
The five one-dayers will be played in Johannesburg (Nov 19), Durban (Nov 22), Cape Town (Nov 26), Port Elizabeth (Nov 29) and Centurion (December 3). A Twenty20 international, Indiaâ€™s first, will be held in Johannesburg on December 1 between the fourth and fifth one-dayer. The three Tests will be played in Johannesburg (December 15-19), Durban (Dec 26-20) and Cape Town (January 2-6).