Zaheer has to prove fit for SA: Shah

Published: Monday, October 8, 2001, 22:49 [IST]
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Mumbai: Disappointed with the poor performance of its fast bowlers in the tri-series opener against South Africa, the touring Indian team management has asked for left- arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan to be sent in as a reinforcement.But, before going there to figure in the remaining matches of the series, Zaheer Khan will have to prove his fitness, according to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Niranjan Shah. Shah said that there were some procedures to be followed when a player comes back after an injury. "Zaheer is yet to produce the fitness certificate. Then the Board doctor will examine him and the doctor will intimate the selectors whether the player is fit or not. "Even in the case of middle order batsman V V S Laxman, the player sent me the fitness certificate and then I, in turn, informed the selectors about it after learning that he had played a couple of league matches in Hyderabad before he was picked to lead the Rest of India team against Ranji Trophy champions Baroda at Pune from 12 to 16," Shah added. Skipper Saurav Ganguly had on Sunday asked for Zaheer's inclusion in the team for the remaining One-day fixtures in South Africa. Zaheer, who was not at his best in the third Test against Sri Lanka recently due to inflammation of a tissue, was not picked for the triangular series as he was asked to take rest for three to four weeks by his doctors. Extras:
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