Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series due to back injury
Mumbai: Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia due to lower back stiffness, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stated in a release on Thursday.
“Team India all-rounder Mr. Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the forthcoming T20I & ODI series against Australia due to lower back stiffness,” BCCI said.
“The BCCI Medical team decided to rest the all-rounder and let him undergo strength and conditioning work for his lower back at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Mr. Pandya will begin his strength work from next week,” it added.
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Left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been called in for the ODIs, while no replacement has been named for Pandya in the 14 members T20I squad.
Pandya had earlier suffered a lower-back injury during the Asia Cup match against Pakistan and had to be stretchered off the field. He subsequently missed the home series against the Windies.
Later, Pandya had missed the three-match ODI series against Australia after he was suspended for his controversial comments on TV show Koffee with Karan.