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Zaheer on road to recovery, decision only on Thursday
The final call on Zaheer Khan's fitness will be taken only on Thursday, a day before India's World T20 Cup squad fly out to defend their title.

India's pace spearhead injured his bowling shoulder during the Indian Premier League and is presently in South Africa undergoing rehabilitation. National team physio Nitin Patel, who also happens to be a member of the support staff for Zaheer's IPL team Mumbai Indians, will be submitting a report on the pacer to BCCI secretary N Srinivasan on Thursday.

Even as speculations about Zaheer missing the trip to England surfaced on Tuesday, those in the know say that the pacer is well on the path of recovery. "If not on Friday, he might join the team later in England. He is on the path of recovery," said a BCCI official. It is also learnt that Zaheer has already started bowling in South Africa but isn't quite going full throttle.

The national selectors too have opted for a wait-and-watch approach and aren't willing to speak about India's pace bowling department. "Zaheer will be an asset for any team and we would certainly be keen to have him for the World Cup. But we have other options too in case he doesn't recover in time," one of the selectors said.

Besides Zaheer, other pacers in the squad are Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Rudra Pratap Singh, and Irfan Pathan. With RP, along with Praveen and Irfan, among wickets during the IPL, the Indian team has a formidable pace attack.

Incidentally, two years back when India won the inaugural title in South Africa, Zaheer was at home nursing an injury. In case the pacer fails to regain fitness in the coming days, the national selectors will be looking at Munaf Patel as possible replacement. However, there are those who believe that Delhi pacer Ashish Nehra, who just missed the purple cap, might be the dark horse.
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