India will be without Zaheer Khan for the remainder of its tour of England as it attempts to retain the top ranking in Test cricket, with the pace bowler requiring ankle surgery.
Zaheer, 32, needs “surgery for his ankle, followed by intensive rehabilitation for both the ankle and hamstring,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement. “He will need at least 14-16 weeks to recover completely.”
India has lost the first two games in the four-Test series, which resumes Aug. 10 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England can replace India as No. 1 in the International Cricket Council rankings with another victory or by drawing the final two matches.
India batsman Yuvraj Singh and spin bowler Harbhajan Singh had already been ruled out of the rest of the Test series with injuries. They have been replaced respectively by Virat Kohli and Pragyan Ojha.
RP Singh today was added to the squads for the Test, Twenty20 and one-day series in place of Zaheer, according to the BCCI statement on the website of the ICC.
Zaheer, who missed the last Test after his injury in the first match, is India’s highest-ranked Test bowler, at No. 5 in the ICC list. He has taken 273 Test wickets at an average of 31.78.
The final Test is Aug. 18-22 at the Oval in London. The teams will also play one Twenty20 match and five one-day international games.
Yesterday, England named batsman Ravi Bopara in its squad for Edgbaston after Jonathan Trott suffered a shoulder injury in the last match. Chris Tremlett, who missed the last game through injury, is again included, with Steven Finn added as an extra bowling option.