The BCCI is in the process of analysing Gautam Gambhir’s medical reports and will drop the stand-in captain from the tour of the West Indies if he is found to be unfit.
BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said the Board had received the report submitted by Kolkata Knight Riders’ 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 PTI.
“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.
Gambhir, named captain of the team for next month’s West Indies tour, sustained the injury to his right shoulder during the World Cup final against Sri Lanka last month while taking a catch.
The injury got further aggravated when Gambhir made a sliding stop during their IPL match against Mumbai Indians on May 22.
Gambhir is still not sure how bad his shoulder injury is as he is still awaiting the result of MRI scan, done to measure the extent of damage. KKR’s physio Leipus, in his report to the BCCI, said Gambhir needs four to six weeks’ rest to recover fully, which means that the Indian opener could even miss the subsequent tour of England.