The camp was called with October’s T20 World Cup in mind, with India coach Rahul Dravid and coaches leading the process.© BCCI
Hardik Pandya, out of action since the T20 World Cup last October, has not been let down by the Indian team think tank and the all-round star has been called up for the ongoing camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA ) from Bengaluru. from March 5. Cricbuzz understands that the 28-year-old Baroda cricketer, who was recently named skipper of the new Gujarat Titans franchise, has been looking for time to join the side. He should be part of it in a few days. His equally versatile brother Krunal Pandya, however, was not invited to appear.
Cricbuzz recently reported on the Bangalore rally and it has since emerged that the side was actually called with October’s T20 World Cup in mind, with India coach Rahul Dravid and selectors leading the process. they, apparently, were only for white ball specialists.
“Although the World Cup is over six months away, the planning can start now. Coaches and selectors want to assess the physical condition of the players and take stock of things for the big event,” a source told Reuters. stream of developments. , in this context, is taken as an indicator that he is in the Indian team’s management scheme and could be in contention for a place in the World Cup squad. This website learns that he is likely to be tried in the T20 home series against South Africa in June, if the injury-prone player survives the wear and tear of the IPL.
Pandya last played for India on November 8, against Namibia, amid question marks over his physical condition and his inability to perform all his duties, including bowling. Several sources within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have confirmed that the all-rounder will attend the camp. Pandya did not respond to a text message.
Franchises unhappy with the Bangalore camp
Meanwhile, the 10-day camp has led to a kind of polarization among various Indian cricket stakeholders, with some Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises expressing reservations about it to BCCI/IPL officials. to players before the season.
Franchise and BCCI sources have confirmed to Cricbuzz a camp discussion, with the former saying they were denied their contractual right to access players two weeks before the league started. This website can confirm that the franchises took the deal with IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel and CEO Hemang Amin.
With the IPL due to start on March 26, the franchises would have preferred to have the players by March 12 so that they could engage them in promotional, team building, team building and strategic activities before the tournament. at the BCCI/IPL that after the end of the camp on March 15, players must undergo a three-day quarantine and can only join the teams around March 18, about a week before the start of the league.
Finally, the parties seem to have reached some kind of consensus that the last five days of camp will be held in a controlled bio-secure bubble environment so that players can be transported to their respective IPL teams via bubble transfer. bubble. Messages to Dravid, BCCI board members and selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma did not elicit immediate responses.