July 16, 2002

Kaif, Mongia retained as injury cover

Mohammed Kaif and Dinesh Mongia are to stay with the India squad for the Test series against England - but neither will see any action unless there is an injury crisis.

The batsmen are being reteined as cover for the original party, principally to keep up fitness levels ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in September.

An emergency meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] decided to allow Kaif and Mongia to stay in England, where they were members of India's one-day squad.

"We don't want to disturb the composition of the Test squad," said BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

"If the team management felt necessary to field either of those two players in a Test match, it will need to seek the Board's permission."

The tour party has already been augmented by batsmen Shiv Sunder Das and Wasim Jaffer, all-rounder Sanjay Bangar and wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, who were in the original squad for the Test match leg of the tour.

All-rounder Yuvraj Singh will be returning home after chipping a bone in his right hand during last Saturday's NatWest Series final win over England at Lord's.