TOI learned that BCCI’s panel of doctors had met with doctors treating Pant in Dehradun and it was decided that the treatment of his ligament would only be handled by BCCI’s medical team.
“It has been conveyed to Pant’s family members and doctors in Dehradun that his ligament treatment will be supervised by BCCI. Pant will be discharged from Dehradun Hospital after remaining under observation. After that, he will be assessed by the doctors at BCCI in Mumbai and further treatment will be decided. It could also happen overseas,” a BCCI source told TOI on Friday night.
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Pant’s injury could impact India’s chances of qualifying for the World Test Championship finals later in the year. India’s four-Test series against Australia at home next week holds the key. Pant has been a crucial cog after turning the tide in Test matches for India over the past two years.
“Team management had already decided that he would not play any of the T20I or ODI against the touring sides of Sri Lanka and New Zealand over the next month. He was supposed to reach the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru on Jan 6 for strengthening his knee. He was told he needed to be fit for the Australian series and then the next ODI series before the IPL. He was already wearing the niggle. The accident may have made it worse,” the source added.
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The BCCI will first assess the degree of the injury and decide on the treatment. Pant and Indian fans will have their fingers crossed that he recovers in time for the Australian Series and the IPL. But that would look like a miracle.