On Monday, even as the Indian cricketers here were being felled by the flu, the BCCI finally announced some relief — the announcement of Nitin Patel as a replacement for the injured John Gloster means they will at least have a fit physiotherapist around.
Gloster, who fractured his elbow on Thursday, will, according to a Board release, be out of action from between four to six weeks. He will return to the team after his surgery and will “advise and assist” Patel in the interim.
Patel, as first reported by HT on Sunday, is a London-based physiotherapist who has previously worked with the Baroda Cricket Association and with the England & Wales Cricket Board’s fast bowling research group.
Patel told the Hindustan Times from London on Monday that he would leave for Belfast on Tuesday evening and would get there only after the first one-dayer. Just one interesting thing:
The BCCI release stated that Patel would be with the team for the duration of the Ireland and England tours, which means at least another two and a half months (till September 8), but skipper Rahul Dravid seems to think that period will be shorter.
“We haven't actually worked with him (Patel), but he was available, he's in England, he's come with good credentials,” Dravid told the media here. “The Board has checked out his credentials apparently, and he'll be here with us for two-three weeks only, till John gets fit. And John will be with us in any case after two-three days to supervise.”