India’s premier Test wicket-keeper batsman, Wriddhiman Saha will leave for England, albeit for surgery on his shoulder he sustained during the South Africa tour early this year.
Saha, who didn’t make it to the Test squad for the England series, will leave for Manchester on July 30. Yogesh Parmar, an assistant physio at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) will accompany him to the country.
Previously, BCCI in a statement mentioned Wriddhiman Saha is suffering a right shoulder injury. The injury will require a surgery, which is likely to take place on August 6 or 7. However, the date will be final when Wriddhiman Saha meets Dr Lennard Funk in Manchester.
Saha’s duration of stay in Manchester will be for about 12-14 days. The two are likely to return on August 12 or 13. The BCCI has been sending a member of its staff for such treatments. Physio Patrick Farhart had travelled with Kedar Jadhav to Australia in April after the India ODI batsman required treatment.
Wriddhiman Saha episode became a topic of debate since the selectors announced the squad for the Test series. BCCI stayed silent on the nature, extent and seriousness of his injury, which was initially thought to be related to his finger.
The 33-year old cricketer from Bengal has been out of national duty since January. Though he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, he didn’t play the finals against Chennai Super Kings.
India, meanwhile, had some good batting practice in the warm-up game against Essex. However, the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara will keep them thinking. The first of the five-match Test series starts from August 1 at Edgbaston.
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