Wasim Jaffer expressed dissatisfaction with the Indian selection committee selection of players for the West Indies tour.
The Indian Test and ODI squads for the West Indies tour included several young players. However, the omission of specific deserving candidates like Sarfaraz Khan, Abhimanyu Easwaran, and Priyank Panchal has garnered criticism from former cricketers on social media. On the other hand, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikward were chosen for the tour. Former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer voiced his concerns about the selection and posed critical questions to the BCCI selection committee.
Expressing his confusion on Twitter, Jaffer openly acknowledged his bewilderment regarding including four opening batters in the Test squad. According to him, Sarfaraz, a middle-order batsman, should have been chosen instead.
Jaffer, a former Indian Test batsman, raised doubts about the non-inclusion of Easwaran and Panchal, despite their consistent performances in First-Class cricket over an extended period. In a tweet, Jaffer expressed his concerns as follows:
Here are my observations on India’s squads for the West Indies tour:
- The inclusion of four openers seems unnecessary. Instead, it would have been more appropriate to select Sarfaraz as an additional middle-order batsman to recognize his consistent performances in domestic cricket.
- Easwaran and Panchal have been performing consistently in Ranji Trophy and India A matches, making a solid case for Test selection over a considerable period. Is their omission a result of being overlooked due to their absence in the IPL? How did Ruturaj manage to bypass the line?
- It’s surprising to see Shami rested, especially considering he had a month-long break. Shami is the kind of bowler who thrives on bowling more, as it helps him improve his form and fitness.
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The selection of India’s squads for the West Indies Tests and ODIs has again been scrutinized, spotlighting the selectors.