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Pathan doubtful for 2nd ODI at F'bad

The swing bowler missed the practice session after he was laid low by a bout of flu. Dravid hoped he would be fit for the game.
None | By Press Trust of India, Faridabad
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2006 05:03 PM IST

Paceman Irfan Pathan was a doubtful starter for the second one-dayer against England after he was laid low by a bout of flu on Thursday.

The Baroda player missed the practice session today and captain Rahul Dravid hoped he would be fit for tomorrow's match at the Nahar Singh stadium.

"Irfan had a bit of flu after the last game. He had fever and sore throat. We have only rested him as a precaution. Hopefully he should be fit," Dravid said.

There was a similar incident three months ago when Virender Sehwag skipped the team nets a day before the start of second Test against Sri Lanka at Delhi.

The opening batsman fell sick with similar symptoms and eventually missed the match.

Meanwhile, Munaf Patel might have to wait a few more matches before he gets his first ODI cap.

The right arm pacer bruised his left heel during practice before the first one-dayer in Delhi.

Dravid had said recently that the young crop of fast bowlers have to be preserved and protected from injuries that had seen many talents fade away in the past.

"Munaf went through the nets well. We are happy with the way he bowled. We will decide on him (playing the match) tomorrow. In the next matches, he should definitely be 100 per cent fit," the skipper said.

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