Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels India cannot afford to have a half fit Zaheer Khan for next month's four-Test series in Australia, urging the left-arm seamer to play more matches in order to regain 100 per cent fitness.
"I feel Zaheer is still not hundred per cent fit and we can't afford to have a 50 per cent fit Zaheer Khan in Australia. For India, Zaheer still needs to play a lot more matches and for that he needs to be fully fit. One Ranji Trophy game is not enough," Ganguly was quoted as saying by PTI yesterday.
"Still, there are 24 days left and I believe he will play another Ranji game as well as the two practice matches in Australia. The BCCI has planned his schedule well unlike 10 years back when I had to appear for a fitness test only 10 days prior to an important tour," he added.