Depleted India lose Zaheer
Zaheer Khan has been ruled out of the remainder of India's tour of England.
The 32-year-old left-arm seamer needs ankle surgery, which will rule him out until November.
A statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India read: “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."
Zaheer sustained a hamstring injury in the first npower Test at Lord's after bowling just 13.3 overs, and played no part in the second Test.
Although he returned to action in the two-day match against Northamptonshire which finished yesterday, he managed only three overs before leaving the field for treatment.
India have called up fellow left-armer RP Singh for the remainder of the tour, which continues on Wednesday with the third Test at Edgbaston. The 25-year-old last played a Test in April 2008 and an ODI in September 2009.
The news comes as a further blow for India, who this week lost Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh through injury for the remainder of the four-Test series, which England lead 2-0.
The Test campaign is followed by a Twenty20 international and a five-match NatWest Series.