Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has slammed selectors for lack of consistency in selection, saying it was sad because too many changes were happening in the squad. Chopra also added that Covid-19 regulations have made it easy for selectors to choose a great team for any series lately.
India’s squad for the three-game T20I series against Sri Lanka, starting February 24, has been announced. Virat Kohli and Rishab Panting will miss the series as they are given a bio-bubble break by the BCCIwhile Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Chahar were also ruled out due to injuries.
India’s T20I team has gone through several changes recently. Ravichandran Ashwin returned to the T20I team for the World Cup last year. Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar were the other two spinners paired with him. However, the trio were not part of the recent T20I series against West Indies nor are they part of the Sri Lanka series squad.
Now former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has slammed the selectors, saying too many changes to the squad were unnecessary.
“It’s sad because too many changes are happening. COVID has made the job of the selectors very easy, they can choose everyone. But after that you become happy with the trigger. The two spinners you had chosen during the T20 World Cup, you would. I didn’t choose them with your eyes closed, you don’t even know where Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy are,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“They totally forgot about them. Ravichandran Ashwin was the third spinner, he’s also out at the moment through injury. But I don’t think even if he was fit you would have played him in the T20 team.”
Ravi Bishnoi, with Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are currently in the spinning unit. Axar Patel and Washington Sundar were unavailable due to injury. Chopra also explained that the lack of consistency in selection hinders the long-term process.
“What happens? When there is no consistency in selection, there is no long-term process, you set goals, but how do you achieve them, because all every few weeks you get a new player,” he explained.
“If you don’t give new players the right opportunities and prepare them, you’re actually doing a disservice. There’s been a question of consistency in selection lately. So I think it’s time to set foot on the ground, sort it out.
India will play three T20Is and two Tests against Sri Lanka, starting Thursday in Lucknow.
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