Hardik Pandya, India’s out-of-favour all-rounder, has decided to forgo the Vijay Hazare Trophy (National One-Dayers), which begins on Wednesday across the country since he is undergoing extensive rehabilitation program to regain his bowling health. “Hardik had received an e-mail from the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) inquiring about his availability for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the recent three years, he has only played a few times for Baroda. He did, however, give a one-line response, stating that he is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Mumbai “, on condition of anonymity, a senior official familiar with BCA events told PTI.

When asked what the ailment he is currently suffering from, the official stated: “Even the BCA has no idea. It’s been said that he’s working on a strength and conditioning program for his back, which isn’t in the finest of shape following surgery in 2019 “, announced the source. According to the official, Hardik’s older brother Krunal had joined Baroda’s pre-Hazare camp for a week after the state board told him that attending the camp was a requirement for making the final squad. “Krunal was instructed by BCA that he couldn’t just show up to tournaments and that he needed to be a part of the camp. He then spent a week training with the team “, according to the source.

Hardik would not be considered for a comeback in the Indian side for the white ball competitions if he does not compete in the domestic tournaments. “The current national selection committee has advised all the players that if they are not selected for the India squad, they should go back and play domestic cricket, such as the Hazare and Ranji Trophy,” the source added. To extend his career, the junior Pandya sensibly does not want to play Test cricket any longer and will instead focus on T20s and ODIs, for which he must begin bowling frequently. While he is undergoing rehabilitation in Mumbai, he will eventually be required to travel to the NCA and demonstrate his fitness to the coaches there before being considered for national selection.