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Kumble available for Ind-NZ clash

Anil Kumble will be available for tomorrow's crucial TVS Cup tri-series cricket match against New Zealand at Hyderabad.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2003 19:44 IST

Star leg spinner Anil Kumble, who remained in Bangalore after India's last engagement against Australia to attend to religious rites in connection with his father's death, will be available for tomorrow's crucial TVS Cup tri-series cricket match against New Zealand.

Contrary to earlier reports that Kumble had opted out of tomorrow's match, the Indian team management clarified that the ace leg spinner will reach here on Friday.

Kumble's father died in Bangalore on November 3 forcing the spinner to miss the Cuttack tri-series match against New Zealand on November 6.

Although the Indians have not yet announced their playing eleven for the match, billed as a virtual semi-final, indications are that Kumble will retain his position in the team.

Both India and New Zealand have an identical ten points from five outings and have to win their league last match to make it to the final against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 18.

First Published: Nov 14, 2003 18:49 IST