Zaheer, Nehra declared fit by BCCI doctor

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2001, 20:54 [IST]
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Mumbai: Left arm seamers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra have been cleared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doctor and sports medicine expert Dr Anant Joshi after the fitness test at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai on Tuesday.

BCCI executive secretary, Sharad Diwadkar, told PTI in Mumbai on Tuesday that both Khan and Nehra have been declared fit by Dr Anant Joshi and are eligible for selection for the Test team to be picked on Tuesday. India will play a three-match Test series against South Africa from November 3.

The Baroda speedster khan was not considered for the on-going triangular series One-day squad as he had tissue inflammation while Delhi's Nehra failed the fitness test one day before the team left for South Africa, as his groin injury had not healed completely. Both the players were made to run around the boundary line at the Brabourne Stadium after some light exercises.

Both the bowlers looked perfectly fit when they were made to bowl in the nets. Four players were asked to take up the fitness tests but the other two - Hemang Badani and Sadagopan Ramesh (both from Tamil Nadu) - informed the Board that they needed more time to recover completely from the back injuries.

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