Indian team suffered a major jolt on Saturday with master bastman Sachin Tendulkar, nursing a groin injury, being ruled out of India's third and final cricket Test.
BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said Tendulkar, who sustained the injury during the drawn series opening Test at Chennai, had not recovered sufficiently to play in the third Test from April 11-15 at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
"Sachin Tendulkar will be unavailable for selection for the third Test match due to his right groin injury. Sachin's recovery is making good progress but he has not recovered sufficiently to be available for the third Test," Shah said in a statement.
"This decision has been taken to give Sachin the opportunity to make a full recovery from this injury. Sachin has a rehabilitation programme to continue with and will be monitored closely," he said.
The development has come as a blow to the Indian team, which is struggling to save the ongoing second Test at the Motera grounds in Ahmedabad after drawing the first Test.