Zaheer Khan's selection in India's squad for the Test series in Australia will be 'provisional' and subject to him proving his fitness during Mumbai's next two matches in the Ranji Trophy. The squad will be picked on November 26 in Mumbai, a day after the national selectors announce the squad for the five-match one-day series against West Indies.
A BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo that Zaheer would need to prove he is match-fit before flying to Australia. "It would definitely be provisional," the source said of the prospects of Zaheer being included in the squad. Zaheer is likely to play for Mumbai against Orissa in Cuttack from November 29 and against Saurashtra in Rajkot from December 6.
Zaheer injured his right hamstring on the first day of the Lord's Test during the tour of England in July. Though he recovered from that injury, a recurring ankle injury re-surfaced during the practice match against Northampton ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston, forcing Zaheer to abort the series that India eventually lost 4-0.