The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday confirmed that pacer Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the tour to Australia. Rohit Sharma, who is currently undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) will be next assessed on December 11.

Rohit’s participation in the Test series will be ascertained after the assessment at the NCA. T Natarajan, who was part of India’s Twenty20 International squad, has been added to the One-Day International squad as a back-up for Navdeep Saini, who complained of back spasms.

“Ishant has recovered completely from his side strain injury sustained during IPL 2020 in the U.A.E. While he’s building up his workload in order to achieve Test match fitness, Mr. Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” the BCCI said in a statement.

The BCCI release also revealed that Rohit traveled back to India, after the conclusion of the IPL in the UAE to be with his ailing father.

“Mr. Rohit Sharma had to come back to Mumbai after the IPL to attend his ailing father. His father is now recuperating well and that has allowed him to travel to the NCA and start his rehabilitation,” the statement added.

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The revelation comes after captain Virat Kohli on Thursday said there wasn’t any clarity as to why Rohit didn’t travel with the team to Australia after playing in the IPL final. Kohli also added the team had been “playing the waiting game” on the status of Rohit’s injury.

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