Harbhajan injured, BCCI puts Sharandeep on notice

Published: Monday, April 8, 2002, 19:50 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh is uncertain for the first Test against West Indies beginning at Bourda Oval from Thursday following an injury problem prompting the Board to ask Sharandeep Singh to be ready to fly to the West Indies on short notice. Harbhajan suffered injury in his right shoulder while fielding during the match against Guyana and his participation in the first Test is uncertain, according to a message received by the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya here from team physio Andrew Leipus. "Harbhajan Singh experienced an uncomfortable sensation in the right shoulder during a single hard throw from boundary during match against Guyana," the message from Leipus said.

Though Harbhajan bowled three overs after that but he was latter forced to withdraw from the field for treatment and the team is keeping its fingers crossed till a MRI investigation. "Once an objective clinical picture is established, we will be able to provide a cleaner prognosis and hence, his availability for the first Test," the message from Leipus said. Leipus also said in his message that Harbhajan himself was quite positive about his participation in the first Test but, "He will have to undergo a full fitness test subsequent to the outcome of the assessment." Dalmiya said that as per subsequent information received from the team management, "Harbhajan was feeling an improvement subjectively as well as objectively."

Since MRI investigation facilities were not available at Georgetown, Harbhajan has already flown to Trinidad with Leipus for the detailed investigation, the Board president said. Not leaving anything to chance the national selectors picked up Sharandeep Singh for an emergency replacement through a teleconference this morning and the Board has asked him to be ready to fly to Georgetown on short notice, Dalmiya said. "If the MRI reports of Harbhajan indicate an injury and necessitate rehabilitation during the first Test or if conclusive reports are not available today, the Board will not take chance and send Sharandeep Singh as cover," he said.

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