New Delhi: A knee problem that cropped up during the recent series against England, has forced maestro Sachin Tendulkar to rest during the One-day series against Zimbabwe starting next week.The problem, medically referred to as 'patellofemoral syndrome', needed 'qualitiative rest' so that the Indian ace could be fit for the tour of the West Indies next month, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Niranjan Shah said after a meeting of the National Selection Committee on Friday.
Also rested for the series is pace spearhead Javagal Srinath, at the latter's request, Shah said. Hyderabad batsman V V S Laxman, who was dropped after the first Test at Nagpur due to continued batting failures, gets one more chance to play himself back into reckoning as does the plucky Mumbai seamer Ajit Agarkar. While announcing that Tendulkar and Srinath would be rested for the entire series, the Board secretary announced the list of 14 Indian players for the first three matches.
Indian team for first 3 One-dayers: Saurav Ganguly (captain), Virender Sehwag, V V S Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Sanjay Bangar, Dinesh Mongia, Mohd Kaif, Ajay Ratra (wicket-keeper), Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Tinu Yohannan and Sharandeep Singh.