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Fitness ‘test’ likely tomorrow
- Physio declines to comment on Sourav

Calcutta: Sourav Ganguly’s post-right ankle injury fitness is likely to be assessed on Tuesday during Team India’s first practice session after the two World Cup warm-up matches.

The last outing (and a mighty successful one), against the West Indies, was on Friday.

While Saturday was reserved for an outing on the beach and a boat ride, Sunday was a day off for the mega event’s opening ceremony. Monday has been marked for travel — from Montego Bay in Jamaica to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.

“Physio John Gloster has said Sourav is going to be fit for our opening World Cup match (versus Bangladesh on Saturday)... However, no nets session has been scheduled till Tuesday and, so, we’ve got to wait... Theek ho jana chahiye,” manager Sanjay Jagdale told The Telegraph.

Contacted at the team hotel on Sunday evening, he added: “Gloster is, of course, regularly working with Sourav... He has indicated that the problem has occurred earlier...”

Gloster, meanwhile, declined to comment. “I’m sorry I can’t say anything...The manager alone can respond to your queries.” Perhaps, the fiasco over Munaf Patel, in South Africa, has made him wary.

The former captain, it may be recalled, figured in last Friday’s starting line-up but his actual appearance was limited to just a few overs. “With a couple of days’ rest, he (Sourav) should be okay,” is what the captain, Rahul Dravid, stated after that match.

Well, there’s bound to be more attention on Tuesday’s practice session.

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