The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for Australia Tour on Monday. KL Rahul, who has impressed many while leading Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, received a recall into the Test squad by the selectors.
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar seemed unhappy with the selectors choice.
“You set a bad precedent when you recall a player for Tests on IPL performance. Especially if the player has been an abject failure in his last few Tests. Whether that player succeeds or fails is irrelevant, such selections massively demotivate Ranji players,” Manjrelar tweeted soon after the squads were announced.
Kris Srikkanth, who was the selector of the World Cup 2011 winning team, described Manjrekar’s statement as absurd and urged to leave Sanjay Manjrekar alone.
“Leave Sanjay Manjrekar alone, he doesn’t have any other job,” Srikkanth said in his YouTube channel Cheeky Cheeka.
“Questioning KL Rahul’s selection in Tests? He has played well in Tests. I won’t agree at all. Just because Sanjay wants to question something, I don’t think I’ll agree. You shouldn’t question something just to create a controversy. KL Rahul has done brilliantly in all formats. Go through his Test record.
“What Sanjay Manjrekar is talking is all rubbish. I’ll not agree.”
Srikkanth also accused Sanjay Manjrekar of being biased and said that Manjrekar does not think of any other state player other than the players of Bombay.
“He might have been inconsistent but the same KL Rahul made his debut in Australia and made a century. He’s a good player of fast bowling. Let’s understand, he’s a very good player of fast bowling,” he said.
“Sanjay Manjrekar cannot think beyond Bombay. That’s the problem. We are talking neutral. Manjrekar cannot think beyond Bombay. For people like Manjrekar, everything is Bombay, Bombay and Bombay. They have to think beyond Bombay,” Srikkanth added.