Gambhir An Injury Doubt For Caribbean Tour
India face the prospect of touring the West Indies next month without a recognished, experienced opener after Gautam Gambhir reportedly aggravated a shoulder injury during the Indian Premier League.
Gambhir has been named as captain for the tour in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who along with Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, is being rested while Gambhir's usual opening partner Virender Sehwag has undergone shoulder surgery and also misses the tour.
Several reports have suggested Gambhir would need four to six weeks of rest - which would preclude him taking part in the tour - but the Board of Control for Cricket in India will reserve judgment until he is assessed by their medical team.
"It has been brought to the BCCI’s notice that media reports pertaining to Mr. Gautam Gambhir are doing the rounds, most of which feature ‘quotes’ attributed to senior office-bearers," a statement from board secretary N Srinivasan read.
"The BCCI would like to clarify that no such statements have been made. A media release will be issued after Mr. Gambhir’s fitness has been assessed by the Indian team’s physiotherapist."
Suresh Raina has emerged as the likely man to take over the captaincy - having done the job in Zimbabwe last year - should Gambhir be unavailable.
India play a Twenty20 International, five One-Day Internationals and three Tests between 4th June and 10th July in the Caribbean.
Gambhir led the Kolkata Knight Riders to the play-off stages of the IPL for the first time this season.
India ODI/T20I squad: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Virat Kohli, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Wriddhaman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
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