Mumbai: Few days after removing the suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, BCCI has decided to remove the ban on another Indian Cricketer, Shikhar Dhawan. The ban on Dhawan, which prevented him from scoring big runs in any bilateral series has been lifted, and now he can score runs even outside ICC tournaments and Asia Cup.
The ban which was put in place few years ago, led to Dhawan losing his Test spot, as well as him struggling for runs even against weaker teams like Australia and West Indies.
The decision comes as a big relief for Dhawan who can now use some big scores to guarantee his place in the side instead of relying on KL Rahul’s performances.
Speaking to Faking News after BCCI’s decision, Dhawan’s opening partner and the Captain for T20 series against New Zealand Rohit Sharma said, “This is great news for the team as well as for me personally. During these bilateral series, a lot of pressure was coming on me hampering my performance. Virat’s never-ending honeymoon and Dhawan’s ban meant I was the only batsman in the playing XI and that started affecting my performances as well. Now I can bat with a bit more freedom knowing that the other guy is also allowed to score runs.”
“We tried to tell BCCI in the past that every tour is an ICC sanctioned event so Shikhar should be allowed to make runs, like he is allowed in World Cups or Champion Trophy, but that appeal was forwarded to the Supreme Court and it is still pending there. Now we don’t have to worry about that and Shikhar can continue to score runs”, the Indian opener added.
Meanwhile, BCCI has clarified that there is no limit placed on Dinesh Karthik for running singles.