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Pandya asked to prove fitness in Ranji clash

Hardik Pandya flaunts some style Associated Press

Pandya likely to play for Baroda

Hardik Pandya won't be a part of the India A squad for the three one-dayers in New Zealand as he is yet to fully recover from a back injury that he picked up at the Asia Cup in September. Selected in the India A squad last month in a bid to give him game time before the second half of the Test series in Australia, Pandya has now instead been asked to rest and continue regaining strength by the medical staff at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Pandya's next competitive fixture is likely to be the sixth-round Ranji Trophy clash for Baroda against Mumbai starting December 14. Meanwhile, the selectors are likely to pick Pandya's replacement from the four-day squad that is currently on tour, with the third unofficial Test starting November 30 in Whangarei.

Pandya last played a first-class match for his state, Baroda, against Gujarat during the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season.

Yuvraj boost for Punjab

Yuvraj Singh, who had initially relinquished his spot in the Punjab side to make way for youngsters, has returned to the squad for their clash against Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla. In the absence of Yuvraj, Punjab ended up conceding the first-innings lead in both their drawn matches, against Andhra and Madhya Pradesh. Yuvraj is also set to be available for Punjab's next two matches against Himachal Pradesh (December 6-9) and Tamil Nadu (December 14-17).

Yuvraj was released by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the IPL auction in January. He recently featured in Punjab's Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign, aggregating 264 runs in seven innings, with a best of 96.

Armaan Jaffer vaults into Mumbai squad

Twenty-year-old Armaan Jaffer, the nephew of former India batsman Wasim, has forced his way back into Mumbai's squad for their next game against Gujarat at home. Armaan earned his spot back with an unbeaten 300 off 367 he scored against Saurashtra in the Under-23 Col CK Nayudu Trophy at Wankhede Stadium nearly ten days ago. His knock, studded with 26 fours and ten sixes, helped Mumbai to an innings-and-230-run victory.

Armaan made his first-class debut for Mumbai against Tamil Nadu in October 2016 and played only two more matches that season before being dropped. He missed most of last season because of a knee injury that kept him out of action for more than a year.

Mumbai continue to be without Shreyas Iyer who is in New Zealand as part of the A squad for three one-dayers to be played next month.

Vinay back for Karnataka; Binny dropped

Karnataka captain Vinay Kumar, who had missed the team's previous match against Mumbai in Belgaum because of a neck injury, will return to lead them against Maharashtra in Mysuru. Allrounder Stuart Binny, however, has been dropped after managing only 53 runs in four innings and taking one wicket in two Ranji games this season.