Fast bowler asked to continue playing in England July 23, 2006

Nehra to miss fitness camp

Cricinfo staff

Ashish Nehra will continue playing in England to get his rhythm back © Getty Images

Ashish Nehra, the left-arm fast bowler, will not attend the fitness camp in Bangalore between July 25 and August 1 as he is playing club cricket in England. Kiran More, the chairman of selectors, felt that he should continue playing in England to gain match practice in his recovery bid from a back injury.

Dinesh Mongia, recalled to the Indian ODI squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka next month, will attend the camp with the rest of the squad. Mongia, currently playing for Leicestershire as their overseas player, was initially only supposed to attend the cricket skills camp, also in Bangalore from August 6. "Initially we thought he could continue playing till the camp begins on August 6," More told reporters. "But then we discussed the issue and decided that Dinesh should be here."

Besides the 15-member squad for Sri Lanka, More announced that several other players, including regulars from the Test squad, have been asked to report for the first leg of the camp which starts on Tuesday. They include VVS Laxman, VRV Singh, Wasim Jaffer, Murali Kartik, L Balaji and Robin Uthappa.