Saha to go under the knife for shoulder injury

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A few days after being left out of the India Test squad, ostensibly due to a thumb injury, the BCCI have revealed Wriddhiman Saha will undergo shoulder surgery.

The procedure on his right shoulder will take place in Manchester in the last week of July or early August.

No timeline for his return has been given but the nature of the operation means that he is unlikely to be able to lift a bat for as long as two months after surgery.

Questions have been raised about the chain of information within Indian cricket with the Chief Selector MSK Prasad being led to believe Saha had not recovered from a thumb injury sustained in the Indian Premier League, while it has emerged that the wicketkeeper has been playing through the pain of a shoulder complaint for as long as six months.

According to a release issued by the BCCI Saha complained of pain in his shoulder after returning from South Africa in January with a hamstring niggle.

The shoulder injury has not been mentioned by the BCCI, The National Cricket Academy or the Sunrisers Hyderabad for whom he turned out carrying the knock.

The NCA are under fire after releasing him to play in the IPL and declaring him fully fit on March 19.

When Saha’s fractured thumb healed on July 2nd it has emerged that the NCA discovered the shoulder injury had regressed and he was given a steroid injection.

A release from the NCA claimed the BCCI have been fully aware of the ongoing issues with Saha.

It read: “The entire course of treatment and consultation that was carried out at the NCA was performed in co-ordination with the India team management and the GM of operations.”