Vadodara: wicket-keeper Nayan Mongia will be leaving for Australia tomorrow to replace injured wicket-keeper M S K Prasad for the remaining matches of the series.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) General Secretary J Y Lele said that the departure of Mongia will be decided tomorrow after the confirmation of available flights to Australia. When asked about the returning of M S K Prasad, Lele said he had not had a discussion on this matter with the coach, captain and doctors.
After discussing the matter with them it would be decided, he added. Earlier, India asked for a back-up wicket-keeper to be rushed to Australia in time for the opening test match of their Australian tour, local media reported today. India coach Kapil Dev said first choice wicket-keeper, Mannava Prasad, had fluid in his right knee and had only a 50-50 chance of playing in the first test against Australia, starting in Adelaide on December 10.
Prasad hurt his knee when he bumped it on a suitcase at Kuala Lumpur airport en route to Australia. ''We have requested the board last evening to have a wicket-keeper sent across in time for the first test,'' Dev said during India's four-day match against state side New South Wales (NSW) at the Sydney cricket ground. ''We can't take a chance before the start of such an important game.''