Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders have left it to their injured captain Gautam Gambhir to decide whether he is fit to play in the Champions League T20 qualifying rounds, commencing in Hyderabad later this month.
"Unfortunately Gautam Gambhir is injured. We will not force him to play in the tournament. The decision whether he's fit enough to play in the championship has to be completely his (to take) and to his fitness staff's," said the IPL franchise team's owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan at a media conference today.
Gambhir hurt his head while attempting to take a catch in the fourth and final Test against England and suffered a concussion that led to blurred vision and dizziness, which has resulted in the opener being ruled out of the ongoing ODI series.
The Delhi left-hander is also set to miss the CLT20 League as he has been advised rest to recover from the concussion.
Shah Rukh, who was on Friday launched as the face of the Champions League, said that injuries and sports go hand in hand.
"If you play sports you can get injured. No pain, no gain. The players know best about their injuries though at times they may take a decision (to play) which may go wrong.
Sometimes players don't know how serious is their injury and they want to play," said Shah Rukh.