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The Indian cricket team are currently in a slump after their recent loss to Sri Lanka.
While the side is currently on a five-match winning streak, the team have not played since the third Test against Pakistan in Dubai, which India lost by the same scoreline.
The team has been plagued by injuries to all of their key players, with both Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja having been ruled out for several weeks.
This is a major blow for the team as it would mean that Shami would be sidelined for up to six weeks.
The team is currently struggling to keep pace with the best of the world in the Test arena.
In the absence of Shami, the squad has looked to replace him by adding someone from outside the group.
The move could be in line with India’s recent plans to sign a younger player, such as Mohammad Ashraf.
The Indian team has also reportedly been considering a move for India’s highest wicket-taker, Shahid Afridi, with reports suggesting that the team has already made a tentative offer.
The list of potential signings from outside India would include former New Zealand batsman Ashwin, who is the top wicket taker in the world, and former India all-rounder Ajinkya Rahane.