England in India 2005-06 March 21, 2006

Tendulkar ruled out of one-day series

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Sachin Tendulkar's injury woes return © Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar will miss the one-day series against England because of a posterior labrum tear* and cyst in his right shoulder. He has been advised immediate surgery and will be out of competitive cricket for at least eight weeks following the operation.

Munaf Patel was included in the squad for the first three ODIs after an impressive showing in the Tests against England while Venugopal Rao has been recalled after missing the tour of Pakistan.

Virender Sehwag, who missed the last three one-day matches in Pakistan, comes back into the squad, though he too has been struggling with a back problem in this Test. When asked about the retention of Gautam Gambhir and the possibility of Sourav Ganguly's name coming up for discussion, Kiran More, the chairman of selectors, said: "We discussed a lot of names. Gambir made runs in the tour game [against England] and we don't want to disturb the combination that won 4-1 in Pakistan."

Asked about Zaheer Khan being omitted, More said that his showing had not been up to expectations in Pakistan, curtly telling a reporter to "check statistics" when asked if that was really the case.

More also said that there was no temptation to bring back Anil Kumble, despite his sterling performances in the Test series. "He has been our main strike bowler in Tests, bowling upto 40 and 50 overs a game," said More, adding that no one was out of contention.

India
Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Irfan Pathan, Venugopal Rao, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, Rudra Pratap Singh

* The labrum is a soft fibrous tissue rim that surrounds the shoulder socket to help stabilize the joint, and injuries to it occur from acute trauma or repetitive shoulder motion. Weightlifters and baseball pitchers are especially susceptible to tears, and the chances of a full recovery - in the case of pitchers - are bleak.

Tendulkar has been advised arthroscopic surgery that will involve suturing the tissue. He can start a gentle exercise regimen within three weeks of the surgery, but a return to the fitness levels required for international sport will take at least three months.

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