With just two days left for the cricket World Cup to begin, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has dropped team physiotherapist Paul Close, replacing him with the experienced Nitin Patel.
The BCCI has taken a dim view of the many injury breakdowns in the ranks in the recent past and decided to replace Close who has been with the team for only two series.
Reliable team sources said the Indian players were not satisfied with Close’s work during the recent South Africa tour.
Players on the injury list during the Test matches and One-Dayers in South Africa included Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir.
BCCI officials were left red-faced when Kumar failed to stage a full recovery in time for the World Cup.
With the World Cup round the corner, the team is still sweating over the injury status of key players such as Zaheer and Tendulkar, who did not participate in the first warm-up match against Australia in Bangalore on Sunday.
"It was found that Close was an idle person and his injury management was not good," said a BCCI official who didn't want to be named.
BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, however, revealed nothing. "We take so many decisions. It is an internal matter of the BCCI and I would not like to comment," he said.
Patel was with the Indian team for three years from 2007 before being transferred to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore in place of Close, who was appointed physio for the New Zealand and SA series.