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BCCI Chief selector hints at comeback of Hardik Pandya; expresses concern over his Ranji trophy pull back

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief selector, Chetan Sharma, has hinted at the comeback of Hardik Pandya during his media briefing on the transition phase of the Indian cricket senior men’s team.

BCCI Chief selector, Chetan Sharma, while interacting with the media and the cricketing fans through online video conferencing, has spilled beans on the appointment of Rohit Sharma as the captain of the team in all three formats. During an interaction, Chetan Sharma reacted to the future of Hard Pandya in the team after he pulled himself out of the Ranji Trophy season.

He said, “You can ask Hardik why he is not playing Ranji Trophy. We are seeing those who are playing Ranji Trophy and those who are performing. We are happy to see players playing Ranji Trophy and performing,” Sharma told reports on Saturday.

Hardik Pandya has been out of action for a very long time after grappling with injuries. The allrounder was forced to skip his bowling duties for the team after hurting his back. The explosive batsman also aimed at batting in the middle-order and had put up a considerable performance in the limited-over matches in Australia but he failed to perform in the T-20 world cup campaign.

Chetan Sharma further said,

“Look, definitely Hardik was a very important part of the Indian team.”

“(But) after the injuries, we will now say that if he is 100 percent fit, ready to go, and also if he is bowling and match fitness and all, we will consider him immediately.”

According to the report by NDTV Sports, the selector backed Hardik after turning furious over miscommunication.

He said,

“Look, the most important thing is, like I said before, you can speak to him (Hardik), you would be having his (mobile) number,” he said.

“Number two, you are not a member of the selection committee to tell that whether he will be selected or not. The five selection committee members are there with me. Who gets selected and who does not, that we will decide, not you. But what he has to do, who will play what, let things come; you support a kid, don’t go behind him,” he added.

“What Hardik has done for the country is not a thing which can be forgotten in a minute, support him.”