Zaheer Khan has been ruled out of the remainder of India’s tour of England due to an ankle injury that requires surgery. Zaheer suffered from a hamstring strain on the first day of the first test and had to sit out for the remaining four days of the test as India struggled with three bowlers. The ankle injury has further complicated the situation for the paceman and has ruled him out of any form of cricket for atleast 14 to 16 weeks. He is expected to undergo surgery that could keep him out until November. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has said that “Zaheer Khan is suffering from a recurrent right hamstring strain and a right ankle impingement. He will require a surgery for his ankle, followed by intensive rehabilitation for both the ankle and hamstring. He will need at least 14-16 weeks to recover completely. He will therefore not be able to participate in the ongoing Test series and subsequent T20 International and ODI series against England.”
The 32-year-old Zaheer bowled just three overs in the Saturday’s warm up game against Northamptonshire before leaving the field for treatment. RP Singh has been called up for the remainder of the tour. The 25-year-old last played a Test match in April 2008.