Mumbai: Zaheer Khan, on Wednesday, was not picked by Mumbai for their Irani Cup match against the Rest of India, as he has not yet recovered from the calf injury he sustained earlier this month.
“Zaheer is not yet fit and it seems he will need at least three weeks to regain fitness,” informed Mumbai Cricket Association’s secretary Nitin Dalal after the selection committee meeting.
Zaheer, who was injured during Mumbai’s last league game against Gujarat at the D Y Patil Stadium thus appears in doubt for the initial part of the four-Test series against Australia. The first Test begins in Chennai from February 22.
Zaheer has not played since he picked up the injury and missed Mumbai’s matches in the Ranji knockout phase that culminated in their 40th title triumph two days ago.
Mumbai made two changes to the 15-man squad that won the Ranji final by an innings and 125 runs in under three days against Saurashtra here, bringing in Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma for Nikhil Patil Jr. and Sushant Marathe.
Ajit Agarkar (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Dhaval Kulkarni, Kaustubh Pawar, Abhishek Nayar, Hiken Shah, Aditya Tare, Ankit Chavan, Javed Khan, Shardul Thakur and Vishal Dabholkar