Zaheer blow hands Singh a chance to rescue India

INDIA’S hopes of forcing their way back into the Test series against England have been dealt a seismic blow with the news seamer Zaheer Khan will miss the rest of the tour.

Zaheer picked up a hamstring injury during the first Test at Lord’s, missed the second Test defeat at Trent Bridge, but was expected to feature this week at Edgbaston.

However, after managing only three overs in last week’s tour match at Northants the BCCI has now confirmed that a right ankle injury will require surgery.

Zaheer will be replaced by RP Singh, who hasn’t played a Test for over three years but took 12 wickets on the tour of England in 2007.