BCCI Ko Dhamkana Chahiye”: Ex-India Star Slams Hardik Pandya, Asks “Has He Come From Moon?


Former Indian fast bowler Praveen Kumar lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and demanded equality in rules for all players. While announcing the central contracts in February, the country's apex cricket board had made it clear that players who are fit and not on national duty have to be available for their respective domestic teams. Many speculations suggested that Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan were removed from the BCCI's player retention list as they were not available for their respective home teams despite being away from India's matches.

Iyer played for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy semi-final and final matches but both matches came after his exclusion from the BCCI contract list. Kishan, on the other hand, failed to feature in any matches for Jharkhand in the tournament.

Another player who came under the target of many critics was Hardik Pandya. The premium all-rounder was retained in the 'A' category of the central contract, but many questioned his availability in domestic cricket when he is away from national duty.

“Hardik Pandya has come down from the moon a little? He also has to play. Why are there different rules for this? This also needs a blast on the board. (Has Hardik Pandya come down from the moon? He too will have to play. Why are there different rules ) for him? BCCI should threaten him),'' Kumar said on Subhankar Mishra's YouTube channel.

Hardik has been out of the international circuit since he was ruled out of the Cricket World Cup 2023 due to an ankle injury. He recently recovered and played in the DY Patil T20 Cup ahead of the Indian Premier League 2024.

“Why will you play only domestic T20 tournaments? Play all three formats. Or you have played 60-70 Test matches you will play only T20. The country needs you. If you don't want to play Test cricket, then give it.” In writing,” Kumar said.

He said, “It is possible that Pandya has been informed that he will not be selected for the Test. I do not have any clear information.”

Hardik is set to lead Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024. He will replace Rohit Sharma in this role.

In November last year, Pandya moved back to his former franchise from Gujarat Titans (GT) as part of the trade between the two franchises.

The star all-rounder spent two crucial years with GT and led his campaign with confidence in this cash-rich league. In GT's first season in 2022, Hardik gave them a great start, and the team won the coveted trophy.

(With ANI inputs)

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