Can Praveen recover fully before World Cup ?

New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) With just a fortnight to go forthe cricket World Cup to get underway, Indian pacer PraveenKumar remains under an injury cloud, forcing an anxious BCCIto keep its finger crossed on his avaibility.

Indications are that Kumar is yet to fully recover fromthe elbow injury he sustained during practice before the ODIseries in South Africa last month.

The BCCI has all along maintained that he would be fullyfit before the World Cup. No official was, however, willing togive an update on his injury status.

Kumar is currently undergoing rehabilitation at theNational Cricket Academy in Bangalore and had yesterday saidthat the rehab programme was on right track.

"I am feeling pretty good now. The rehab programme is onthe right track and hopefully I will strike a good rhythmbefore the tournament starts", he told PTI.

India can ill-afford to go into the mega event with aninjury cloud over one of its squad members as key playersSachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir havesuffered injuries recently while the likes of Zaheer Khan andAshish Nehra have returned to full fitness.

The Board is likely to take a call on Kumar beforeIndia''s warm-up game against Australia on February 13 at theChinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore after the team''s three-dayconditioning camp at the NCA starting on February 9.

Besides taking a decision on Kumar, the camp will alsogive a chance to assess the fitness status of Tendulkar,Sehwag and Gambhir.

In case Kumar fails to recover fully from his injury,Kerala pacer S Sreesanth could be back into the reckoning fora place in the Indian squad.

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