India 'A' warm-ups will be Hardik Pandya's aptitude test before the T20 in New Zealand

NEW DELHI: Hardik Pandya He is scheduled for his international return in New Zealand after recovering from a chronic lower back injury. However, his fitness will be measured in the two warm-up One-dayers between India A and New Zealand A in the third week of January before the senior team lands in New Zealand later this month.

Pandya, how Jasprit Bumrah He had chosen to stay away from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) during his rehabilitation after his surgery in early October.

The Indian A support staff will assess your fitness when the team leaves for New Zealand on Saturday morning from New Delhi. On December 23, selection chief MSK Prasad had said that a clear picture of Pandya's physical condition would be available by the third week of January. He was subsequently appointed in Team A of India for three days.

“BCCI informed the selectors that it is doing well. The plan is to verify his fitness in the two warm-up games played by India A and then join the Indian team for the five-game T20I series, a senior BCCI official told TOI. However, it will be interesting to see if they bring it back for the two test matches in New Zealand at the end of February.

While the NCA was involved in a controversy for not performing physical fitness tests in Bumrah, TOI understands that Pandya had requested a special permit to stay at home and undergo rehabilitation.

“Right after his surgery, he had informed BCCI that he would rather be at home during his rehabilitation, since he would be mentally in a happier place and that would help him recover faster. However, he kept BCCI aware of his progress and the NCA's physio, Yogesh Parmar, oversaw his treatment, the official said.

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