Karun Nair’s axing issue set to return to discussion table
A performances appraisal meeting is set to take place in the next few days.
Updated - Oct 8, 2018 7:39 pm
Indian cricket of late has seen a controversy around Karun Nair. The right-hand batsman – India’s only triple centurion other than Virender Sehwag – was recently dropped for the ongoing Test series against the Windies and that happened with him not playing even one international game during the tour of England. There were strong reactions over his axing and the matter took a worse turn when Nair himself said there was a lack of communication with the management in England.
Another Test discard Murali Vijay also brought similar allegations saying he wasn’t spoken to after he was dropped for the final two Tests in England though the selectors were not impressed with the duo’s stand.
These issues are set to come up as an India Today report said Indian captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma besides chief selector MSK Prasad have been called for a meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials to assess the national team’s performance in South Africa, England and Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
While India lost the Test series in South Africa (1-2) and England (1-4), they won the limited-overs series in South Africa but lost the same in England. In Asia Cup, India remained unbeaten throughout the tournament and went on to lift the trophy beating Bangladesh in the final. Rohit led the side in the tournament in place of Kohli.
Management wasn’t happy with squad chosen for England
It has been reported that there were quite a few instances during the Test series in England where the team management expressed its unhappiness with the squad chosen.
“The captain says he has nothing to do with Karun Nair’s dropping and it’s a decision made by selectors. Wasn’t he part of the selection meeting when the squad for England tour and for the West Indies series chosen?” a top BCCI source was quoted by India Today as saying.