Pandya Injured Ahead of Australia Series in India
The India – Australia series begins this weekend, and Hardik Pandya will miss the whole series due to lower back stiffness. Pandya also sustained a back injury in December during the Asia Cup. The Board for Control of Cricket in India decided to rest Pandya so he can regain his strength.
BCCI Releases Statement Regarding Pandya
On Thursday, the BCCI released a statement regarding Pandya’s health and fitness. In the statement, the board announced that Pandya will not play in the Australia tour at all.
The statement noted: “The BCCI medical team decided to rest Mr. Pandya and let him undergo strength and conditioning work for his lower back at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.”
There are concerns about the cricketer’s fitness ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in just a few months. Pandya is an important part of the national Indian cricket side. The strength training begins in the coming week.
Some BCCI officials have commented on Pandya’s back condition, and whether the team’s physiotherapy staff is up for the task.
“This is the year of the World Cup. The issue with Hardik’s back once again raises serious questions about the strength and conditioning department of the Indian team and the NCA. A player is declared fit after heavy testing under the BCCI protocols. Thereafter he is with the Indian team and after sometime with the team, his back stiffness recurs.”
The BCCI official continues to ask whether the Indian strength and conditioning and physiotherapy teams lack the right skills.
He said: “It seems that he gets fitter and stronger when he is handled elsewhere. His condition deteriorates when he is under the care of the team’s support staff.”
First Match on Sunday
The first T20 of the two-match series takes place on Sunday 24th February 2019 in Visakhapatnam. A five-match One Day International series takes place in March.