The Indian team's long summer of cricket got off to a sorry start in Belfast, first with Zaheer Khan having a groin niggle, MS Dhoni coming down with flu and finally, with physiotherapist John Gloster breaking his hand on Friday during nets.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Chief Administrative Officer, Prof Ratnakar Shetty, confirming that Gloster would be out for a couple of months, said that Gloster's replacement would probably be announced sometime on Sunday.
"It will either be (India A physiotherapist) Vaibhav Daga or someone else based in London,” said Shetty.
While Daga is familiar to those following Indian cricket, the other name doing the rounds, according to sources, is that of Dr Nitin Patel, who was earlier with the Baroda Cricket Association and has been practising in England for the last three years.
“He has worked with the England fast bowlers and also with Lakshmipathy Balaji during his time in England recovering from surgery on his back,” said a source.
Dr Patel confirmed to the Hindustan Times from London that he was “in discussions” with the BCCI and that things were “looking positive” but he said that nothing was confirmed at the moment. “I just spoke to John (Gloster) and am waiting to hear from the BCCI on the exact duration they would ant me for,” he said late Saturday evening.
Incidentally, he had made two presentations to the Board in May this year, one on “Long term athlete development” and the second on a “Medical support strategy for Indian cricket”.
Dr Patel was formerly with Nottingham University and is now with the England & Wales Cricket Board
Academy, where he is part of the fast bowling research group.