Injured Gambhir made to play in IPL

Updated: May 26, 2011, 15:58 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: The officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would meet on Thursday evening to decide whether injured Gautam Gambhir would be included in the West Indies tour or not.

The board also questioned Gambhir’s version of injury in which the batsman claimed that he was kept in the dark by the KKR physiotherapist over his shoulder injury.

Sources close to the BCCI have informed that they would take stock of Gambhir’s injury in a meeting that would take place at around 5 pm and would decide his fate.

Despite having suffered a serious shoulder injury, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir was made to play by his franchise in the IPL Eliminator against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.

It once again fueled the club versus country debate since the BCCI was informed about the incident only on May 25 even though the franchise knew about it on May 23.

It has emerged that the BCCI was informed about the injury just a couple of hours before Gambhir took to the field at Wankhede stadium on Wednesday, which clearly suggested that the KKR didn’t want to miss his service in the significant IPL match.

Top KKR officials, though, contradicted the report saying that they informed the board about the left-hand batsman’s injury on May 23 and not on May 25.

The incident created a furor as IPL franchise is expected to immediately report to the BCCI any injury of a player, who is also in the national team.

The BCCI sources, however, confirmed that if KKR is found guilty of hiding Gambhir’s injury, they might face severe penalty.

In his letter addressed to the BCCI secretary N Srinivasan on Wednesday, KKR trainer Andrew Leipus wrote that Gambhir’s injury was serious and he needed at least 4-6 week rest. However, despite that Gambhir was included in the KKR team, which might have aggravated his injury.

Gambhir, who was chosen to lead Indian team in next month’s five ODIs and a T20 International in West Indies in regular captain MS Dhoni’s absence, might even miss the subsequent England tour as well.

If Gambhir pulls out of the West Indies tour, vice-captain Suresh Raina will lead the depleted side which is already missing the services of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan.

According to the Leipus letter, "Gautam arrived in Kolkata at the start of the IPL complaining of a `sore shoulder`, the onset of which occurred during the World Cup final."

"He clearly recollects a fielding incident where he landed on an outstretched arm and felt a catch deep in the shoulder. In the euphoria of the moment, his attention was deservedly elsewhere and he didn`t bother telling anyone about it."

"His initial complaints were pain in the shoulder and significant reduction of power in his throw. The clinical findings supported the mechanism of the onset of the acute injury, however, he did report having corticosteroid injections on two occasions over the previous few years," Leipus stated in his report.

"Knowledge of this history leads me to suspect that any internal derangement may have been pre-existing and this recent incident (World Cup final) only served to aggravate or progress the injury (ie acute on chronic)," Leipus wrote.

"Both the doctor and myself believe that he should follow an intensive, supervised and conservative rehabilitation pathway. But for the best outcome, he will need to avoid both throwing and batting for a period of 4-6 weeks. In this regard I would expect that the BCCI medical committee would need to consider the ongoing management of Gautam`s shoulder injury beyond the IPL and the possibility of his missing any immediate future tours until the shoulder is fully rehabilitated," Leipus said.

Earlier on Wednesday Gambhir had said, "Absolutely yes (had gone for an MRI). I haven’t got the report. I still need to speak to the physio I have not spoken to him, will speak to him once I reach the dressing room since he never wanted to discuss with me before the game. I will go and discuss with him now," said Gambhir after the Knight Riders were beaten by four wickets by Mumbai Indians in the IPL Eliminator on Wednesday.

Gambhir said he had hurt the right shoulder while making a sliding stop in the previous game.

"It`s (right shoulder) hurting. During the last game I fell while sliding. After that I threw one ball," said Gambhir, who threw with his left hand to run out Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma with a direct hit at the non-striker`s end stumps in the game.

"I went for the MRI but still don’t know what exactly is the report," he added.