New Delhi, February 1
Flamboyant India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was on Saturday ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand after failing to regain full match fitness, the BCCI said.
The decision was taken after the 26-year-old consulted spinal surgeon James Allibone in the United Kingdom.
“Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand. He travelled to London and was accompanied by NCA Head Physio Ashish Kaushik for a review by spinal surgeon Dr James Allibone,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.
“Hardik will be under rehab at the National Cricket Academy until he regains full match fitness,” he added.
Pandya underwent a successful surgery in October last year to treat an acute lower-back injury and has remained out of action since. Pandya’s scores were below the permissible range in the fitness tests.
Pandya’s fitness is important for India’s T20 World Cup plan as his fast medium bowling and explosive hitting power gives the team the required balance.