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Gautam Gambhir continues to blame KKR

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) will decide today whether opener Gautam Gambhir if fit enough to lead Team India for the upcoming West Indies tour. However, even before the selectors take a final call, Gambhir who is in the midst of a raging club-vs-country debate over aggravating injuries in his right shoulder and groin during IPL-4, blamed the Kolkata Knight Riders' management for keeping him in the dark about the injury.

Gambhir has once again said that he did not fully know the extent of his injury before taking to the field against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. Earlier too the player had said that the KKR physio did not discuss his medical report with him before the Mumbai clash.

So once again the onus is on the KKR management and their physio Andrew Leipus to explain as to how did they consider him fit to play when Leipus himself had written to the board that Gambhir needed 4-6 weeks of rest.

Gambhir said that he played with discomfort without realizing the gravity of his injury. He goes on to add that he has always preferred playing for the Country ahead of an IPL club.

He said, "I played with discomfort without realizing the gravity of my injury. As a leader my KKR team needed me but to say I preferred club over country is ridiculous. I know how hard I have worked for my India cap and what it means to me."

Meanwhile the Indian selectors will meet today in Chennai to discuss the team for the West Indies tour. But the selectors are also expected to take a decision on Gautam Gambhir's availability after the BCCI deferred the decision yesterday. It is yet unclear whether Gambhir will travel to the Windies as skipper. If Gambhir is also ruled out of India's Test series then young Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund may get the nod.

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