“The team management never asked for replacements” – BCCI on Pant’s inclusion

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirms that the news of Rishabh Pant replacing injured Shikhar Dhawan is unsubstantial and Dhawan was given opportunity to recover from the injury as soon as possible.

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“As of now, no substitution is being looked for. The team management trusts that Shikhar is a match winner and ought to be allowed to get fit. Indeed, his treatment and recovery can happen quicker here and team anticipates that him should be back in action,” a senior BCCI official said.

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“The team management never asked for replacements. I don’t know from where the updates on Rishabh Pant joining the squad was making rounds. It was speculation by the media,” the official included.

Dhawan had been hit to his left side thumb by a rising delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile during his splendid 109-ball 117 against the Aussies. He continued batting after the blow but didn’t come to the field in the second innings of that match. Then he was sent for a scan at the hospital. India team physio Pattrick Farhart said that he would take a final call on his availability. After that, the scan report reveals that he has a fracture on his left thumb and it will take at least 3 weeks to recover from that nasty blow.

“Dhawan supported damage on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the CWC 2019 group match against Australia,” Indian team media manager Moulin Parikh said.

“Team India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is by and by under the perception of the BCCI medicinal group. The team management has chosen that Dhawan will keep on being in England and his advancement will be observed,” the media manager added.

Dhawan will miss India’s next five matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England.

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