Uncertainty over Gambhir`s availability for WI tour

Last Updated: May 27, 2011, 09:38 AM IST

New Delhi: Uncertainty prevailed about who would lead the Indian cricket team in West Indies following injury to Gautam Gambhir who found himself in the midst of a controversy for playing in the cash-rich IPL at the cost of national duty.

As the injury issue sparked off a blame game between the franchise and the Cricket Board, the BCCI said that it was assessing the medical reports on Gambhir and a final decision will be taken by Thursday night or Friday.

Gambhir, who was named the captain for the ODI series in West Indies, has aggravated his shoulder injury during the IPL and Kolkata Knight Riders physio Andrew Leipus said he would need four to six weeks to recover fully.

In case Gambhir is ruled out of the West Indies series, young Suresh Raina is likely to be named the captain.

Despite the injury, Gambhir played the eliminator match against Mumbai Indians yesterday and the move has now snowballed into a controversy and sparked a debate on whether players are keener to play in events like IPL rather than the country.

BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said the Board had received the report submitted by KKR physio Andrew Leipus on Gambhir`s shoulder injury and a decision will be taken very soon.

"We have received the report from Leipus and we are analysing it. We will take into account all aspects of the injury," Srinivasan told reporters.

"We are taking stock of the report and we will take a final decision once we are through with it. If we find that he is not fit, he will not go on the tour. We will then decide on a replacement," he said.

Later, a BCCI media release said that a decision on Gambhir will be taken after his fitness is assessed by the Indian team physiotherapist.

PTI