MUMBAI DUO SURVIVES TEST 

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By BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT in Calcutta
  • Published 1.03.99
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Calcutta, March 1 :     Usually, either the players or selectors tend to have sleepless nights. Tonight, though, Ravinder Chadha and Andrew Kokinos may not sleep well. After all, it?s their report that will determine Vinod Kambli and Ajit Agarkar?s immediate future. Specifically, whether they will figure in the World Cup 19 or not. Both underwent a two-hour ?test? at the CCI, in Mumbai, this morning, and The Telegraph?s sources indicate both made a ?favourable impression? on the team doctor, Chadha, and trainer Kokinos. That Chadha has already left for home (Chandigarh), and will fax his report to the Board tomorrow, is yet another pointer that the players in question have not failed the sweat-inducing test which featured batting, bowling and fielding drills. Chadha?s report, with inputs from Kokinos, will be placed before the selectors when they meet, in Mumbai, on Wednesday. The Cup probables will be pruned from 30 to 19 that afternoon. Also present during the ?test?, albeit for a brief while, was chief selector Ajit Wadekar. The chief selector is Mumbai-based and is expected to pitch heavily for Kambli, whose selection is not exactly guaranteed. Agarkar, on the other hand, is a sure-shot selection. Provided, Chadha and Kokinos give the green signal, that is. PTI adds from Mumbai: Kambli and Agarkar had submitted fitness reports from their respective doctors last Monday, saying they had recovered from the ankle injury and leg stress fracture which they were respectively suffering from. Agarkar?s certificate said he would be completely fit in two weeks? time, while Kambli?s stated he was fit to undertake sporting activities. But the Board chose to conduct its own fitness test through Dr Chadha and Kokinos. Kambli dislocated his right ankle last April while fielding as a substitute in a one-day International against Zimbabwe and has not played for the country since. Agarkar suffered a stress fracture on his left leg prior to the tour of New Zealand last December.