Why is it taking so long for Bhuvneshwar Kumar to get back on the field? – BCCI official questions NCA

Bhuvneshwar Kumar's last appearance came against West Indies in third ODI back in August.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar  (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence from Team India is quite confusing. The Indian speedster played in World Cup and also featured during the West Indies tour. However, he was rested for the T20I series against South Africa and then the chief selector MSK Prasad informed that he was not fit to be picked for the Bangladesh T20Is.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) though has not come out with a proper explanation regarding Indian pacer’s injury. There are reports that Bhuvi is carrying an injury since 2018 which was not treated properly in due course of time. Reportedly, he is nursing a hamstring injury at National Cricket Academy.


Confusion surrounding Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury

The BCCI official feels that if Bhuvneshwar’s injury is not serious then why is the board not clarifying the situation over him. “If Bhuvneshwar’s injury is not as serious, they must come up with a clear explanation of why it is taking him so long to get back on the field. The board announced that Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya needed to travel to England. Bumrah didn’t even need surgery,” the official said as quoted by TOI.

And now, NCA is yet again brought back under the criticism. Last year, they messed up with Wriddhiman Saha‘s injury because of which he was sidelined from Team India and this year they were criticized over the miss-handling Prithvi Shaw’s case after his dope test resulted in positive.

“It’s becoming a trend now at the NCA. As it is, the institution is fighting a label of just being a rehab centre and these cases keep coming up. Saha lost a good year and half of his career,” the official further said. Besides Wriddhiman, NCA was also criticized for its poor handling of the Prithvi Shaw case after the young cricketer tested positive for dope.” a source said.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s last appearance came against West Indies in third ODI back in August. He made his debut in 2012 against Pakistan and has bagged more than 200 wickets across all the formats.

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