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Injured Saha faces race against time to be fit for Afghanistan Test

New Delhi, May 28: In a bid to regain full fitness ahead of India’s historic one-off Test match against Afghanistan next month, injured wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha will see specialist doctors to assess his thumb injury, the BCCI said in a statement on Monday.

Saha missed the Indian Premier League final for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) due to a right thumb injury he picked up while playing the Qualifier 2 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens on May 25.

“To determine the future course of injury management, Mr Saha will see a specialist and the BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress,” a BCCI media statement read.

Saha is the only recognised stumper in India’s squad for the five-day affair in Bengaluru starting June 14. If the Bengal keeper fails to recover in time for the game, Dinesh Karthik or Parthiv Patel might get a look in.

Saha, 33, had a poor IPL managing just 122 runs in 10 innings at an average of 15.25. Behind the stumps also, the otherwise highly rated keeper looked shaky at times, dropping a few catches during the course of the cash-rich T20 tournament. Saha had to return home from South Africa as well due to an injury he picked up during the first test at Cape Town. IANS