Pandya suffers injury blow


India allrounder Hardik Pandya will be out of action for at least six weeks after suffering a hairline fracture in his right shoulder.

Pandya was struck on the shoulder during a net session in Mohali and was subsequently released from India’s Test squad.

The BCCI have yet to name a replacement for Pandya and it is unclear if the allrounder will be fit to return for the ODI series against England that gets underway on January 15.

Pandya was yet to earn a Test cap for India and his call up to the Test squad was his first although he has featured in limited overs cricket for India.

The allrounder had a solid ODI series against New Zealand, showing promise as a potential finisher and also impressed on India A’s tour to Australia earlier this year.

The 23-year-old has played four ODIs and sixteen T20Is for India.