The Committee of Administrators (COA) headed by Vind Rai gave a big relief to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul as the members decided to lift the suspension on both the players, thus allowing them to make their comebacks until the time a decision on their case is taken. CoA chairman Vinod Rai said that it was hurting the team morale and also clarified that there was no pressure from anyone to do the same.
“My decision to withdraw (the suspension) was because it was becoming uncertain, that is point number one. Number two, it was hurting the team morale. They have not played five matches (including Saturday’s ODI),” he was quoted as saying by The Mumbai Mirror.
Hardik Pandya was drafted back into the Indian team for the remainder of series against New Zealand and he will be available for selection for the last three ODIs and the three T20Is that will take place. On the other hand, Rahul will first play for India A against England Lions from Sunday in India before flying to New Zealand for the three-match T20I series.