Hardik Pandya to join Team India in New Zealand, KL Rahul included in India-A squad

Hardik Pandya to join Team India in New Zealand, KL Rahul included in India-A squad

Since his injury last year, Pandya hasn't had much of a game time.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Things are falling back in place for the tainted duo of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. After they were suspended for their misogynistic comments, there has been a series of good news coming their way in the last 24 hours. Firstly, the BCCI’s CoA decided to provisionally lift their suspensions with immediate effect. Until the Supreme Court appoints the Ombudsman who will investigate into the matter, the duo is permitted to play cricket.

Furthermore, the day got even better for them as the Senior Selection Committee decided to draft them back into the ‘Blues’. While Hardik Pandya was picked for the Indian team, KL Rahul will play for India-A in the ongoing series against the England Lions. Both these players will be joining their respective squads at the earliest.

Hardik Pandya to fly to New Zealand at the earliest

As per the press release by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), Hardik will soon fly to New Zealand to join the team. The all-rounder, though, is unlikely to feature in the second ODI between the two teams that will be played on 26 January 2019. With Pandya being an integral part of the World Cup 2019 plans, the team management will surely provide him with as many opportunities as possible.

Since his injury in September last year, the 25-year-old hasn’t played much cricket. Hence, he is severely short of match practice in the last four-five months. He might replace Vijay Shankar in the eleven in the upcoming games against the Kiwis.

As far as KL Rahul is concerned, he’ll join the India A team soon in Thiruvananthapuram. He is a part of the squad for the last three One-day games. The third match of this series will be played on Sunday and Rahul is expected to be drafted into the eleven straightaway. It will provide him with a wonderful opportunity to correct some of his technical flaws and come back to the Indian team as a better player.

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