Gambhir will be dropped if he is unfit: BCCI

Updated: 26 May 2011 16:48 IST

The BCCI is in the process of analysing Gautam Gambhir's medical reports and will drop the stand-in captain from the tour of the West Indies if he is found to be unfit.

Gambhir will be dropped if he is unfit: BCCI

New Delhi:

The BCCI is in the process of analysing Gautam Gambhir's medical reports and will drop the stand-in captain from the tour of the West Indies if he is found to be unfit.

BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said the Board had received the report submitted by Kolkata Knight Riders physio Andrew Leipus on Gambhir's shoulder injury and a decision will be taken very soon.

"We have received the report from Leipus and we are analysing it. We will take into account all aspects of the injury", Srinivasan said.

"We are taking stock of the report and we will take a final decision once we are through with it. If we find that he is not fit, he will not go on the tour. We will then decide on a replacement", he said.

Gambhir, named captain of the team for next month's West Indies tour, sustained the injury to his right shoulder during the World Cup final against Sri Lanka last month while taking a catch.

The injury got further aggravated when Gambhir made a sliding stop during their last IPL league match against Mumbai Indians in Kolkata on May 22.

Despite the injury, Gambhir played the eliminator match against Mumbai Indians yesterday and the move has now snowballed into a major controversy and sparked a debate on whether players are more keen to play in cash-rich events like IPL rather than the country.

In case Gambhir is ruled out, Suresh Raina may be named captain for the ODI series against the West Indies.

Gambhir is still not sure how bad his shoulder injury is as he is still awaiting the result of MRI scan, done to measure the extent of damage.

KKR's physio Leipus, in his report to the BCCI, said Gambhir needs four to six weeks' rest to recover fully, which means that the Indian opener could even miss the subsequent tour of England.

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