Kaif to replace injured Tendulkar

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/sachintendulkar_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Tendulkar has aggravated a groin injury sustained in Australia. He will be replaced by Mohammad Kaif.

Updated: April 15, 2008 12:16 IST
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Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the second cricket Test against South Africa in Ahmedabad starting April 3, and Mohammad Kaif has been named as his replacement.

"Sachin Tendulkar re-aggravated his right groin injury when he was fielding on the fourth day of the first Test and his playing the second match is doubtful," a Board of Control for Cricket in India statement said Sunday.

The selection committee has decided to replace Tendulkar with Mohammad Kaif for the second Test, the statement added.

Skipper Anil Kumble also sustained right groin injury while bowling on the last day of the match but physiotherapist Paul Close is confident that he will be available to play the Ahmedabad Test.

A final decision in this regard will be taken a day before the match.

Kaif, who got the nod for his excellent performance in the domestic circuit this season, is returning to the side after a gap of almost two years. His last Test was against West Indies at Kingston in June 2006.

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