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Yuvi fit, almost certain to play 2nd Test

He has recovered from the hamstring injury and is expected to play the second Test.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 18:53 IST

Middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh is expected to be available for the second Test against England commencing at Mohali on March 9 after having recovered from a hamstring strain.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said a fitness report on the Punjab left-hander was with the Board and it appeared he had recovered.

"I have got first-hand report on Yuvraj's fitness and he seems to have recovered," Indian Cricket Board Secretary Niranjan Shah said on Saturday.

"The report of the physiotherapist would be taken into consideration when the selection committee meets here tomorrow," he added.

Yuvraj, who suffered the injury during India's sensational run-chase in the fifth and final ODI against Pakistan at Karachi, missed the ongoing first Test.

The Punjab batsman had come down to the Orange City to undergo treatment and rehabilitation with the Indian team's physio John Gloster.

Meanwhile, Shah said coach Greg Chappell had acknowledged the missive e-mailed to him by the Board, warning him not to talk on the Sourav Ganguly issue.

Chappell had said in an interview to British newspaper The Guardian that the former Indian captain wanted to cling on to his captaincy because of financial reasons.

Ganguly took umbrage at the comments and asked BCCI to take up the matter with the coach and the Board secretary.

"We have received the acknowledgement from Chappell," Shah said while adding that no meeting was to be heldin Nagpurbetween the coach and BCCI president Sharad Pawar as speculated in a section of the media.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 17:27 IST