Sachin to undergo fitness test on July 19
The decision puts to rest speculation that he would be allowed more time to regain fitness.india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 16:24 IST
Sachin Tendulkar will undergo a fitness test on July 19, a day before the Indian squad for the one-day cricket tri-series in Sri Lanka is to be named.
Cricket Board Secretary Niranjan Shah said BCCI had been updated on Tendulkar's fitness by physio John Gloster who would be co-ordinating with the Mumbai batsman on a daily basis.
"Tendulkar will undergo the test on the eve of the selection committee meeting on July 19," Shah said.
The decision puts to rest speculation that Tendulkar would be allowed more time to regain match fitness since the tri-series, also involving South Africa, is slated to begin only on August 14.
The world record holder for most Test centuries tested himself in match situations while playing for celebrity club Lashings in the UK recently but as per BCCI guidelines for injured players, he would have to prove his fitness before making himself available for international action.
Tendulkar missed the seven-match one day series against England as also the entire tour of West Indies following a shoulder injury and a subsequent surgery in March this year.
Selection Committee Chairman Kiran More said Tendulkar's inclusion in the Sri Lanka bound squad depended solely on his passing the fitness test.
"Tendulkar will undergo fitness test next week and it all depends on whether he clears it," More said.
A camp of short duration would be held in Bangalore starting July 25 ahead of the series.