Former Indian National Cricket team skipper Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the inclusion of all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the squad for the New Zealand series after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to lift his ban provisionally.

Meanwhile, Pandya will join the India squad, BCCI has asked KL Rahul to join India A team in Trivandrum for the final three one-dayers against England Lions. Previously, CoA issued a suspension letter to Hardik Pandya and Rahul on January 11 for their controversial remarks on a talk show. The duo made some sexist and misogynistic comments as it caused a social media uproar. So much so, it prompted BCCI to introduce behavioral counselling program for cricketers across all the age groups.

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And now, Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the inclusion of Hardik Pandya which puts the place of Vijay Shankar in jeopardy. Shankar has done a good job so far in his capability as an all-rounder, feels Gavaskar. He also slammed BCCI for having too many people in the squad and making them sit. As a result, they are short of match practice as they are not taking part in the domestic leagues.
The question is what was he (Hardik Pandya) suspended for? How has the suspension been lifted without a hearing? But forget all that,” Gavaskar told India Today.
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?
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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,” Gavaskar concluded.