Zaheer Khan ruled out of England series, RP Singh to replace him

Zaheer Khan, the India fast bowler, has been ruled out of the ongoing tour of England after failing to recover from a hamstring strain and an ankle injury.

“Zaheer Khan is suffering from a recurrent right hamstring strain and a right ankle impingement. He will require a surgery for his ankle, followed by intensive rehabilitation for both the ankle and hamstring,” the BCCI said in a statement.

“He will need at least 14-16 weeks to recover completely. He will therefore not be able to participate in the ongoing Test series and subsequent Twenty20 International and ODI series against England.”

Zaheer played in the two-day tour match against Northamptonshire to test his fitness. He opened the Indian attack but bowled only three overs, conceding 24 runs and did not bowl thereafter.

RP Singh has been asked to join the team as Zaheer’s replacement for the remaining two Tests and the ODIs.

RP Singh has not played for India since 2009, with his last Test coming during India’s home series against South Africa in 2008.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked Singh as his replacement in the Indian squads for the Test series, and the T20 International and ODI series. RP Singh will join the team at the earliest,” the BCCI said.

India are already without spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has a Grade I abdominal muscle strain, and Yuvraj Singh, who fractured his left index finger while facing up to a bouncer from Tim Bresnan.

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