The Indian Cricket Board secretary Niranjan Shah has questioned Munaf Patel's honesty regarding his fitness.
“After being cleared to play the third Test against South Africa, the BCCI is surprised that Munaf complained of pain and BCCI doctor Anant Joshi had to examine him,” Shah said.
“Everyone saw that Munaf was not yet up to the mark… the player should be honest about his fitness,” Shah said. “Doctors cannot say how much pain a player is experiencing. The honesty of the player — Munaf Patel, in this case — is in question.”
Shah had met physio John Gloster on Monday to get information on Munaf. “Gloster said he found Munaf fit after the necessary tests… I think Dravid and the management must have been convinced of Munaf's fitness.”
Munaf will miss Maharashtra's last Ranji Trophy Super League match against Mumbai, and also the first two ODIs against the West Indies.
There is better news on another injured player, Yuvraj Singh. Physio Mithun Joshi, who has been working with Yuvraj to help him recover from his knee injury, has told the BCCI: “He is in the final phase of his rehabilitation. He has been doing light fielding, functional agility and nets. I hope… He would play in the later part of the series against the West Indies, or the Sri Lanka series.”
Yuvraj himself said on Tuesday that he was “about 90-95% fit”. “But it's always different being in a match situation,” he said. “It's just about getting some match practice.”