New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday it was aware of the shoulder injury that forced vice-captain Virender Sehwag to drop out of the squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in England.
Sehwag was injured while playing in the Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils last month, but featured in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup until he was replaced on Tuesday.
The team management and Sehwag have been criticised for hiding the injury, but Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official Rajiv Shukla said that officials were aware of Sehwag's injury and expected it to heal in time for him to be able to play.
BCCI DEFENDS: Fitness report had suggested Sehwag had injury which will heal in two or three days.
Shukla, chairman of the BCCI's media and finance committee, said Sehwag was selected for the tournament "keeping in mind the report submitted by the physiotherapist."
"The fitness report suggested that Sehwag had a minor injury which will heal in two or three days, Shukla told the PTI.
"But another test in London discovered an additional tear in his shoulder, for which he was treated with injections," said Shukla.
The decision to send for Dinesh Karthik as a replacement for Sehwag was made when "the shoulder injury showed no sign of healing."