BCCI wants Sree as Agarkar's replacement

None | ByPress Trust of India, Ahmedabad
Oct 28, 2006 12:02 PM IST

Agarkar has been ruled out of India's crucial match against Australia after a fractured left thumb.

Medium pacer Ajit Agarkar was on Friday ruled out of India's crucial Champions Trophy match against Australia after a fractured left thumb.

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The Indian team management has requested the tournament technical committee to allow Kerala medium pacer S Sreesanth as a replacement for the injured Agarkar.

"Agarkar got the injury yesterday (during the West Indies tie). Most probably he sustained it while fielding," Indian team media manager Rajan Nair said.

Agarkar, who went to a local orthopaedic this morning along with physio John Gloster, underwent a scan which showed the fracture.

"He will not be able to take part in the tournament any further," Nair said.

Technical committee member Ratnakar Shetty said the ICC could give the go-ahead for replacement only after receiving a formal application from the BCCI.

"I understand the BCCI is awaiting the medical reports. And then, secretary Niranjan Shah would write to Dave Richardson. Something will be known by the evening," he said.

"It (allowing the replacement) was a mere formality. But the BCCI has to follow the procedure as per the rule book," Shetty said.

The BCCI has made arrangements to fly down Sreesanth to Mohali by tonight as India takes on Australia on Sunday. Sreesanth failed to find a place in the Champions Trophy squad, a decision which had raised many eyebrows.

The Indian camp also had a piece of good news. Munaf Patel, who bruised his right wrist while fielding yesterday, was found completely fit on Friday during a medical check-up.

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