Chappell, Sreesanth down with fever

After Harbhajan's injury, there was more bad news on the bowling front with rookie pacer Sreesanth being laid down by throat infection.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 16:41 IST

There were more worries for the Indian think-tank as Harbhajan Singh looked set to miss the second one-day international against Pakistan on Saturday.

The Punjab off-spinner sat out of the first tie at Peshawar early this week after bruising his bowling finger during practice and seems not to have made enough progress to be fit in time for the weekend match.

The Indians refused to put a time frame for Harbhajan's recovery but given the fact that he has not bowled a ball the whole week and missed the practice session this morning indicated against his participation.

Team sources said Harbhajan still had a swelling in the bruised finger due to probable fluid collection, although the bowler himself was unaware of the cause.

"He has not bowled as yet. We are monitoring his progress closely and we will take a decision (on playing him) keeping in mind this series and the amount of cricket coming up," skipper Rahul Dravid said after the nets at Pindi stadium On Thursday.

"No time frame can be fixed (on Harbhajan's return) but we have got a cover (in Ramesh Powar)," he added.

There was more bad news on the bowling front with rookie pacer Sreesanth, as also coach Greg Chappell, being laid down by throat infection.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 16:23 IST