Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the return of fast-bowler and all-rounder Hardik Pandya to the Indian squad for the remaining four matches of the five-match ODI series against New Zealand.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Thursday provisionally lifted the suspension on Pandya and KL Rahul over their controversial remark on women on chat show Koffee With Karan hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.
After the suspension was lifted, Pandya has been recalled to the national team, while KL Rahul is joining India ‘A’ team playing five one-day games against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram.
Both Rahul and Pandya were included in Team India for New Zealand tour initially.
Questioning Pandya’s inclusion in the Indian squad, Gavaskar said his arrival put question marks on the place of Vijay Shankar.
“The question is what was he (Hardik Pandya) suspended for? How has the suspension been lifted without a hearing?” Gavaskar told India Today, before adding, “But forget all that, Hardik will be key for India at the World Cup and it’s a good thing he is coming to New Zealand but then what happens to Vijay Shankar? He has not done a bad job at all in the two games he has played so far. What’s going to be his position? Is he going to be sent back now that Pandya is coming here?”
Gavaskar further said, “I know BCCI is wealthy enough to have 20, 30 people. We saw a squad of 19 in Australia. I think the sooner that is sorted out, the better it will be for everyone concerned.”
Meanwhile, Team India have taken a lead of 1-0 in the ongoing five-match ODI series against New Zealand.