New Delhi: Ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble has confirmed that he would not be able to play in the entire series against Zimbabwe due to a shoulder injury. Thirty-year-old Kumble, who is in Delhi for physiotherapy on his bowling (right) shoulder, will miss the five-match One-day International series, besides the two Tests. "I will not be playing this series, including the one-dayers," he told IANS. Indian team physio Andrew Leipus corroborated what Kumble had said. "No, he will not be able to play in the One-dayers, too," he said.
Leipus denied that it was a rotator cuff injury, but refused to elaborate. Kumble declined to say when he would return to first-class cricket. "I do not know," he said. Leipus, too, refused to give a specific time frame for the bowler's recovery. Leipus is to treat Kumble on instructions given by well-known South African doctor Mark Fergusson, who treated pace bowler Javagal Srinath's rotator cuff injury a couple of seasons ago. Kumble met Dr Fergusson in Chennai on Wednesday for an examination.
Fergusson was in Chennai to attend the one-day conference on "international standards in treatment of sports injuries". Some experts are of the opinion that Kumble's injury came to the fore after his recent stint with Leicestershire in the English county cricket season. The Indian bowled a colossal 498.3 overs during the season and took 45 wickets at 25.17. Kumble had earlier played for Northamptonshire in the 1995 season, bowling 899.4 overs and taken 105 wickets at 20.40.
India Abroad News Service