“Just because they don’t play IPL…” Wasim Jaffer criticizes selection criteria for WI tour

in India’s Test Squad Controversy”

Controversy surrounds the selection of India’s Test squad for the West Indies tour, primarily due to the exclusion of Sarfaraz Khan and the subsequent criticism from Wasim Jaffer. Despite Sarfaraz’s impressive performances in domestic cricket, he has been repeatedly overlooked by the selectors, leading to questions about their decision-making process.

Wasim Jaffer started a discussion on Twitter, questioning the inclusion of four openers in the squad. He believed that Sarfaraz, with his consistent domestic performances, should have been selected as an additional middle-order batsman.

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Jaffer also raised concerns about the omission of players like Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal, who have been performing well in domestic and India A matches, while Ruturaj Gaikwad was favored.

Jaffer tweeted:

My two cents on India’s WI tour squads:

1. What’s the need of four openers? Instead they could have picked Sarfaraz as extra middle order bat to honour his consistent domestic performances.

2. Easwaran and Panchal have also been doing hard yards in Ranji and India A, knocking on Test doors for a long time. Just because they don’t play IPL, is it a case of out of sight out of mind? How did Ruturaj jump the queue?

3. Surprised to see Shami rested that too after a month long break. I feel he’s the type of bowler that the more he bowls the better/fitter and in form he gets.

Jaffer further expressed surprise at the decision to rest Mohammed Shami, stating that the fast bowler benefits from more bowling and improves with increased match practice.

The selection controversy has brought attention to Sarfaraz Khan’s snub and raised questions about the selectors’ approach. Jaffer’s criticisms highlight the importance of recognizing domestic performances and raise doubts about the selection criteria employed by the BCCI.