Finger injury puts paid to Yuvraj's Test hopes

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2002, 0:56 [IST]
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London: A finger injury to Yuvraj Singh has put paid to the explosive batsman's prospects of playing in the Test series against England and the youngster is returning home on Tuesday. Yuvraj, who was tipped to be included in the Test side along with Mohammad Kaif after their impressive performances in the just concluded One-day series, has chipped a bone in the little finger of his left hand, which will take at least three weeks to heal, Indian team's communication manager Amrit Mathur said on Monday.

It was, however, not immediately clear whether the Punjab batsman would join the side after recovering from the injury. Yuvraj, who hurt himself while fielding in the final of the NatWest Trophy at Lord's on Saturday, did not let the injury deter him from making a quick-fire 69 off 63 balls. The left-hander did not figure in the 16-member Indian Test squad, which will play a four-match series with England starting on July 25.

But his splendid performance in the series prompted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to call an emergency meeting of the selection committee in Kolkata on Tuesday to consider including him, as well as Kaif, in the Test side. Kaif and Dinesh Mongia, the third player who was to fly back home after the tri- nation series, will stay back pending the decision of the selection committee.

Obviously unaware of the injury to Yuvraj, selection committee chairman Chandu Borde said in Pune on Monday that both Yuvraj and Kaif were likely to be included in the Test squad.

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