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Tendulkar out of England ODIs

Sachin, rested for 8 weeks due to a shoulder problem, has been troubled by ankle, toe, back, elbow injuries.
None | By Indo-Asian News Service, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2006 10:13 AM IST

Sachin Tendulkar will be out of competitive cricket for eight weeks due to a shoulder injury and will not play in the upcoming one-day series against England, it was announced here on Tuesday.

Left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir has replaced Tendulkar in the 15-member squad for the first three one-day internationals against England starting in Delhi March 28, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary MP Pandove announced after a selectors' meeting at the Wankhede Stadium here.

Pacer Munaf Patel, who has impressed in his two Tests against England in the ongoing series, and batsman Y Venugopal Rao have also been included in the squad.

Tendulkar, diagnosed with a posterior labrum tear of the right shoulder with an associated para-labral cyst, was not discussed by the selection committee due to the injury and scan reports prepared by the Indian team's physiotherapist John Gloster in consultation with the BCCI's official doctor Anant Joshi, he said.

The 32-year-old maestro, however, is playing in the ongoing Test series against England and fielded on the fourth day of the third Test here on Tuesday.

He managed just one in the first innings and is yet to bat in the second innings as India, leading 1-0, chase 313-run target for a win.

Selection committee chairman Kiran More said that Tendulkar would have no problem in batting on Wednesday.

Andrew Wallace, the surgeon who performed the operation on Tendulkar's left elbow in May last year, will operate on Tendulkar, said Pandove.

Gloster's report said that Tendulkar had been "mildly troubled" by this "shoulder dysfunction" since the home series against Sri Lanka in December and he was conservatively treated and monitored accordingly.

"The presence of the cyst and its close proximity to a major nerve dictates the necessity of this surgical procedure," he said.

The decision as to when he would be operated upon would be taken after the return of BCCI president Sharad Pawar from Dubai on Wednesday.

"Tendulkar will be out for eight weeks, and then his recovery will be monitored from time to time," said Pandove.

The operation and the recovery make Tendulkar a doubtful starter for India's tour of the West Indies in May-June. India will arrive in West Indies on May 12 for five one-day internationals and four Tests.

Tendulkar, who has been playing international cricket for 16 years, has been troubled by ankle, toe, back and elbow injuries - and now this shoulder problem.

More said that left-arm spinner Murali Kartik, who toured Pakistan for the one-day series, was not considered as his shoulder has been operated upon in Australia.

Squad: Rahul Dravid (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar and Y Venugopal Rao.

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