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Suresh Raina ruled out of first ODI against New Zealand

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Cricket - India v Bangladesh - World Twenty20 cricket tournament - Bengaluru, India, 23/03/2016. Suresh Raina (R) plays a shot watched by Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Cricket - India v Bangladesh - World Twenty20 cricket tournament - Bengaluru, India, 23/03/2016. Suresh Raina (R) plays a shot watched by Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

(Reuters) - Batsman Suresh Raina has been ruled out of India's first one-day international (ODI) against New Zealand in Dharamsala on Monday with viral fever, a week after being recalled into the squad for this month's five-match series.

The 29-year-old, who last played an ODI for India in 2015, was overlooked by selectors for India's ODI tour of Australia earlier this year, the tour of Zimbabwe in June and the Twenty20 squad for the two matches against West Indies in August.

"The BCCI Medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever, is ruled out of the first ODI of the Paytm ODI Trophy against New Zealand," Indian cricket board (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke said in a statement.

The statement added that there will be no replacement for the left-hander.

Hosts India completed a 3-0 sweep of the test series against New Zealand earlier this month.

(Reporting by Ian Rodricks in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)


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