The BCCI announced the 16-member Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against West Indies from July 12. The list was full of surprises, as red-ball talisman Cheteshwar Pujara was left out after a dismal WTC final.
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad also earned a call-up but as soon as the squad was released, the fans slammed the selectors, accusing them of picking the side based on IPL performances rather than the Ranji Trophy.
In recent events, India’s opener Abhinav Mukund, who represented the country in seven Test games, also agreed with the fans’ opinion and slammed the selectors. The 33-year-old, who last played a Test in 2017, made a sarcastic remark where he questioned the existence of domestic cricket when IPL is a faster route to play for India.
“Unable to understand these selections- too many thoughts in my head to compile into a tweet. But what is the incentive for a young player to take pride in playing for his state anymore? The franchise route is a faster way to scale the grade,” tweeted Abhinav.
Abhinav indirectly hinted at Sarfaraz Khan’s omission, as the 25-year-old has averaged 80 in domestic cricket and still failed to find a place in the team.
Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar urged the BCCI to shut down Ranji Trophy as the top performers like Sarfaraz are not considered. Even Aakash Chopra lambasted the cricket board and its selectors.
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