'We'll pick only fit players for SA tour'

Published: Thursday, September 6, 2001, 21:10 [IST]
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Mumbai: The players for the Indian cricket team's tour of South Africa from September 24 would be selected on Friday subject to their fitness, selection committee chairman Chandu Borde said. "The tour to South Africa would be a tough one and we would like to pick only the fit players," Borde told reporters. "We will pick 15 players for the triangular series, the third team being Kenya, and then five to six players would be replaced for the three-match Test series to be played after the triangular series," Borde added. "Indian physio Andrew Leipus has cleared both Anil Kumble, who was out of action since January following a shoulder operation, and Sachin Tendulkar, who missed the Sri Lanka tour due to a toe injury," he said. "middle order batsman V V S Laxman, who had a knee operation in Australia, will be fit after three weeks while Javagal Srinath, who came back after the first Test against Sri Lanka due to a fractured hand will be fit within a week," the selection committee chairman said. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jaywant Lele said new ball bowler Asish Nehra, who too was injured during the Sri Lankan tour, has produced fitness certificate and would be considered for selection while Zaheer Khan, who played the Test series in Lanka with a shin problem, is expected to be fit within 10 days. On Kumble's fitness, Lele said the Karnataka star was completely fit as he could throw ball from the boundary line.

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