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Tendulkar down with flu, misses third day's camp

The Indian team has a minor concern with Sachin Tendulkar suspects to be laid down by flu after failing to attend the training camp in B'lore.

cricket Updated: Jun 15, 2007 20:24 IST

The Indian team on Friday had a minor concern with Sachin Tendulkar suspected to be laid down by flu after failing to attend the third day's training session of the cricket camp in Bangalore.

"I think he's down with flu," said Yuvraj Singh at a media conference.

The media was kept in the dark about the reasons for Tendulkar's absence in the morning practice.

The liaison officer, Ramesh Rao, maintained that the master batsman would arrive in the afternoon, though he did not turn up at all.

The Indian team is to depart on a tour of Ireland and England from Mumbai on June 19.

They are to play three ODIs against South Africa in Belfast (June 26 to July 1), another against Pakistan in Glasgow, Scotland (July 1), before moving to England for a full-fledged series (July 7 to September 8).

Meanwhile, the day-long session included match-play with pairs batting together for eight overs each after being set a target of 44.

Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan had his first stint with the ball after joining the camp, albeit for a brief while, though he did not take part in match-play held later.

He also did some lengthy limbering exercises before retreating to the hotel even when his teammates were sweating it out inside the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Zaheer did not bowl on the first two days of the ongoing camp, after sustaining a groin injury that forced him to miss the third Afro-Asia Cup clash held in Chennai on June 10.

First Published: Jun 15, 2007 19:58 IST