Kumble to undergo surgery, out for four months
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2001, 20:45 [IST]
New Delhi: leading spinner Anil Kumble will miss the upcoming home series against Australia to undergo surgery on a painful right shoulder, it was announced on Tuesday.Kumble, who has been out of international cricket since November, will be operated upon by noted South African orthopaedic surgeon Mark Fergusson in Johannesburg on Wednesday.Jayawant Lele, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said Kumble would be out of action for four months. "He will not be available for the Australian series and the Sharjah tournament after that," Lele said.The absence of Kumble, India's most successful spinner with 276 wickets, would be a major blow for the hosts against the world's top Test-playing nation.Australia are scheduled to play three Tests and a limited-Overs series during the seven-week tour starting on February 14.After the tour, India will meet Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Sharjah tri-series from April 8-20.Kumble, who developed pain in his bowling shoulder during the previous Sharjah tournament in November, missed the recent home Tests against Zimbabwe.Kumble was hopeful of returning to cricket this month when the pain reappeared after he sent down a few deliveries at the nets in Bangalore."I knew then that something was very wrong," Kumble had said. "I want to be fully fit before I return to the game."Kumble went to Johannesburg to consult Fergusson, who advised him surgery after repeated physiotherapy failed to ease the pain.