Sachin likely to join team for Caribbean tour

Published: Friday, April 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Sachin Tendulkar is likely to resume batting, albeit with a lighter willow, a month ahead of Team India's Carribean tour after a three-phase post-operation recovery programme, suggested by physio John Gloster, started yesterday.

''The programme aims to heal his shoulder and commence light bat batting by beginning of May,'' the BCCI said in a statement here.

Sachin, who returned after a successful surgery in London, will not be allowed to move his arm much during the first phase and will do cycling and cardio exercises, which aim to allow tissue healing followed by an assessment by Gloster on April 16.

The next phase will initiate more movement to be foollowed by the last phase beginning April 22 and the little master is likely to gain ''full ranges of shoulder movement, graded increases of the strength and control of the shoulder'' by that time.

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