Former national selector Sarandeep Singh has backed the current committee’s call to omit Hardik Pandya from the India squad for the six Test matches in England this year.

The last time Pandya played Tests was in England in 2018. After undergoing back surgery in 2019, Hardik has not bowled regularly and despite being part of the squad for the home Tests against England, he didn’t make it to the XI.

“The selectors’ decision to ignore Hardik for Tests is understandable. He has not been able to bowl regularly after his surgery. I feel he has to bowl 10 overs in ODIs and four in T20s to be part of the playing XI even in shorter formats. He can’t just play as a batsman,” said Sarandeep.

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“If Hardik doesn’t bowl, it disturbs the balance of the side hugely. You have to play an extra bowler because of that and…

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