BCCI not to ask for fitness certificate from Sachin

Published: Monday, March 18, 2002, 23:04 [IST]
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Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Niranjan Shah on Monday said the Board was not expecting fitness certificates from batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, leg spinner Anil Kumble and paceman Javagal Srinath, as they were not suffering from any injury. Shah told reporters that Tendulkar had taken a break from the on-going One-day series against Zimbabwe to strengthen his knee muscles and "we know that he will be available for the West Indies series". "Kumble and Srinath had opted out of the same series to strengthen their shoulders and hence they are not expected to produce any fitness certificates before the selectors meet on March 21 to pick the team for the West Indies series commencing in April," he added.

"However, another dashing batsman Virender Sehwag, who suffered a shoulder injury during the second Test at Delhi and missed the One-day series, will have to produce fitness certificate before March 20," Shah said. "The selectors will also take board doctor Dr Ananth Joshi's advice before selecting the team for the West Indies," Shah added. The Indians, who will be led by Saurav Ganguly, are scheduled to play five Test matches and an equal number of One-dayers during their tour of the West Indies.

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