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'Zaheer available for coming tours'

The injured pace spearhead is available for selection for the tours of Ireland and England, says the BCCI.

cricket Updated: Jun 11, 2007 16:21 IST

Injured pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was available for selection for the tours of Ireland and England, the Cricket Board announced in Bangalore on Monday.

"The MRI scan taken of Zaheer Khan's groin is clear and he should be available for selection though a final report from team physio John Gloster is awaited," said BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah on Monday.

Zaheer had picked up the injury during the second ODI of the Afro-Asian Cup tournament in Chennai on June 9 and did not complete his third over of the innings when Asia XI fielded. He did not play in the third and final tie on Sunday.

The Indian squad for Ireland and England is to be chosen at Delhi on Tuesday with all five selectors and captain Rahul Dravid in attendance.

Dravid is part of the four-day fitness-specific batsmen's camp in progress here from June 9 and is set to miss the last day's session tomorrow as he's leaving for Delhi in the morning.

Another pacer Munaf Patel has also been given the clean chit by Gloster after the fitness-specific bowlers' camp conducted in Mysore from June 4-8, Shah informed.

"Munaf has been declared fit by Gloster," the BCCI official said.

Patel broke down on the last tour of Bangaldesh citing lower back pain and returned home. He did not take part in the Twenty -Twenty Cup tie for Asia XI against Africa XI held in Bangalore on June 5.

First Published: Jun 11, 2007 14:28 IST