Sri Lanka tri-series, 2006 July 18, 2006

Tendulkar declared fit to tour

Cricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar finally returns to the international fold after a four-month layoff © Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar has been declared fit to play in the upcoming tri-series in Sri Lanka, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) said today.

Tendulkar has made good progress after testing his right shoulder over the last five days under the supervision of John Gloster, the India team physio. Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, also confirmed that that Tendulkar will not be required to undergo a fitness test, originally scheduled for Wednesday.

"Tendulkar has been undergoing rehabilitation under the supervision of team physiotherapist John Gloster and in the last five days has made progress satisfactory enough to make him available for the Sri Lanka series," he told reporters. "The report we have got is that Sachin is fit to play. He is available for selection again."

Tendulkar also consulted his surgeon in London, Dr. Andrew Wallace, who was very satisfied with his recovery from shoulder surgery. Tendulkar showed little discomfort during his short tour of England, where he represented club side Lashings and participated in a Twenty20 charity match.

If he is indeed selected, which is a certainty, the tri-series will mark his international comeback after a four-month layoff. After a successful surgery, Tendulkar was hopeful of being fit for the Tests in India's tour of West Indies recently. However, he had to cancel a scheduled fitness test in May to determine his selection, as his shoulder required more time to heal.

The selectors meet on Thursday to pick the squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.