Veteran Indian offspinner Harbhajan Singh has urged BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to “change” the current selection panel and bring “strong people” on board. The cricketer-turned-commentator was giving his reaction to wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson being dropped from the Indian Twenty20 squad without getting a game in the recent home series against Bangladesh.
“I guess they r testing his heart #selectionpanelneedtobechanged need strong people there.. hope dada @SGanguly99 will do the needful,” he tweeted.
Harbhajan also quoted a tweet from Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who represents Thiruvananthapuram in the Lok Sabha, to make his point.
Tharoor had expressed disappointment at the 25-year-old Kerala player not getting an opportunity.
“Very disappointed to see @IamSanjuSamson dropped without a chance. He carried the drinks for three T20Is & has been promptly discarded. Are they testing his batting or his heart?” he asked.
The current selection panel is headed by MSK Prasad, who played six Tests and 17 ODIs for India, and comprises Devang Gandhi, Jatin Pranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Gagan Khoda.
Samson has scored 112 runs from four games he played for Kerala in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy National T20 Championship. He played his only T20 International in 2015 against Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, in what was their last selection assignment, the Prasad-led panel pick India’s squad for the 3 T20Is and as many ODIs against West Indies between December 6 and December 22.
India’s ODI squad for West Indies series
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India’s T20I squad for West Indies series
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami