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“Gets injured, doesn’t play domestic or for India”:Ex-India cricketer lashes out at Hardik Pandya

Cricket"Gets injured, doesn't play domestic or for India":Ex-India cricketer lashes out at Hardik Pandya

Srinagar: Former India Cricketer Parveen Kumar has lashed out at India star and Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya for giving preference to playing IPL for big money rather than Country and domestic Cricket.

Hardik Pandya joined the Mumbai Indians camp to begin his preparations for the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season where he will be leading the five-time champions.

Hittinng out at Pandya, Praveen alleged that he has shown a pattern of getting injured two months before the IPL and doesn’t turn up for the domestic team, Baroda, or for his country as he has his focus on earning money with his participation in the league.

Earlier Irfam Pathan had also questioned why Hardik, who doesn’t play white-ball domestic matches for Baroda during time away from the Indian team, was getting a special treatment from the BCCI.

“They are talented cricketers, both Shreyas and Ishan. Hoping they bounce back and come back stronger. If players like Hardik don’t want to play red ball cricket, should he and others like him participate in white-ball domestic cricket when they aren’t on national duty? If this doesn’t apply to all, then Indian cricket won’t achieve the desired results,” he had written.

Now Praveen has blasted Hardik for giving more preference to playing IPL and earning the big bucks than playing for the country or for his domestic team.

“You get injured two months before the IPL, you don’t play for the country, you don’t play for your state in domestic cricket, and just directly play in the IPL. That’s not how things should be done. It’s okay to earn money, there’s nothing wrong with that. But you have to play for state and country and now people only give importance to the IPL)”, Praveen said.

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