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HCA secretary questions the decision of dropping Ambati Rayudu from the team

Rayudu had earned a recall on the back of some scintillating batting display in the IPL.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu of Chennai Super Kings. (Photo by IANS)

Ambati Rayudu was all set to make a comeback to the national side in the ODI series against England before he was dropped from the squad for failing the yoyo fitness test. Suresh Raina has replaced him who has also returned to the set-up after a long exile from the 50-over format. However, the ouster of Rayudu has not gone down well with the secretary of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) T. Sheshnarayan and has questioned the whole process.

Rayudu earned a recall on the back of some scintillating batting display in the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). His team went on to win the title this year and the right-hander had played a vital role in their run to the finals. He opened the innings for them throughout the season which worked wonders for him.

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This is very harsh

Ambati Rayudu failed the fitness test held at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) last week in Bangalore and was subsequently axed from the team. Many have already questioned the yo-yo fitness to be the benchmark for a certain to make it to the squad. The HCA secretary slammed the exclusion of Rayudu for fitness and termed the yo-yo test as ‘highly overrated.’

“This looks very lopsided and deep-rooted. Since a person who got nearly the highest runs in IPL this year and has also played all the 50-over games in the domestic season, he now finds himself unfit on some highly overrated fitness tests. How can an unfit person score so many runs? This is very harsh and draconian. HCA will stand by its players and fight for their rights,” Sheshnarayan was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.

He also demanded the process of the test to be made transparent while saying, “We know what is going on behind the scenes and people are taking advantage of the fluid situation in the BCCI and pushing decisions. We demand that the process of the tests be made transparent and open to public domain.”

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