Ganguly keeps protocol aside, asks Bumrah to skip Ranji Trophy game

Reports have emerged that Jasprit Bumrah has been asked to stay away from playing for Gujarat in Ranji Trophy and focus on white-ball cricket.

Jasprit Bumrah will return to action after recovering from a stress fracture of his lower back.   -  Getty Images

Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who was supposed to prove his fitness during the Ranji Trophy match between Gujarat and Kerala, did not feature in the game which began at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium on Wednesday.

Bumrah, who has been out of action post India’s tour of West Indies in July-August due to a stress fracture on his back, was expected to mark his return in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A game.

However, reports emerged that Bumrah was asked by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to stay away from Gujarat’s game and a BCCI functionary confirmed to IANS that the pacer was indeed asked to skip the Ranji match and focus on white-ball cricket.

On Monday, the right-arm pacer was included in both the T20I and ODI squads for Sri Lanka and Australia respectively.

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While speculation was rife that he might have to wait till the Australia series for a comeback, the national selectors decided to bring him in for the Lanka series.

Bumrah had trained with the Indian team at the nets during its practice session ahead of the second ODI of the recently-concluded three match series against the West Indies in Visakhapatnam. The trainer and physio gave him the green signal and he was given the go-ahead to join the team.

As reported by IANS, the Indian team management had called Bumrah to Visakhapatnam to assess the pacer’s recovery after undergoing rehabilitation for the stress fracture. While his body was on auto-heal mode, he still went to the UK for consultations as the BCCI didn’t want to take any chance with the pacer’s back.

India is scheduled to play three T20Is against Sri Lanka beginning January 5 and three ODIs against Australia from January 14 to 19. After that, the team will travel to New Zealand where it will play five T20Is, three ODIs and two Test matches.

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