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Gloster to quit as Team India physio

Indian cricket team's physiotherapist John Golster, who has conveyed his decision to the BCCI, brings an end to his 3-year stint and will quit after the on-going Aus series.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2008 01:42 PM IST

The Indian cricket team's physiotherapist John Gloster has decided to quit after the ongoing tri-series in Australia, bringing an end to a three-year stint which saw a number of injury break-downs particularly for the pacemen.

Gloster, who had replaced Andrew Leipus as the physio of the side in February 2005, has conveyed his decision to the Cricket Board.

"Gloster does not want to continue. He has expressed his desire to quit. He has informed the Board regarding this," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah told PTI.

Shah said the Board will look for a new physio for the home series against South Africa in March-April. Of late, Gloster was under pressure following a spate injuries plaguing the Indian pacers and former players like Javagal Srinath had pointed an accusing finger at the physio for not being able to curb the problem.

"I think the physio should answer why our pacers are breaking down so often," Srinath said in a press conference in New Delhi last month.

"We should not wait for injuries to happen before taking care of the players," he added. Gloster joined the Indian team in February 2005 when he replaced Andrew Leipus after working with the Bangladesh team for four years.

After graduating from the University of South Australia, Gloster worked with the Surrey County Cricket Club for three from 1998 to 2001 before he was appointed the physiotherapist of the Bangladesh cricket team and the physio had a four-year stint with the side before he joined the Indian team.

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