Sunil Gavaskar slams selectors for ignoring Sarfaraz Khan, asks BCCI to stop Ranji Trophy

Sunil Gavaskar’s IPL vs Ranji Trophy debate reignites amidst Ind vs WI squad selection as Sarfaraz Khan gets ignored

The recent announcement of India’s squad for the West Indies series has generated mixed reactions among cricket enthusiasts. While emerging players like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Yashasvi Jaiswal have earned their spots, the omission of Sarfaraz Khan, a talented young player who consistently excels in domestic cricket, has raised concerns and disappointment.

Sunil Gavaskar, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, has criticized the selectors for their omission of Sarfaraz Khan from the Test squad for the upcoming West Indies matches. Gavaskar has raised concerns about the selection process, stating that if players are exclusively chosen based on their performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL), then the significance of the Ranji Trophy tournament becomes questionable.

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During an interview with India Today, Gavaskar emphasized Sarfaraz Khan’s consistent brilliance in the Ranji Trophy. Over the last three seasons, Sarfaraz has maintained an impressive average of 100 runs. Gavaskar questioned what more Sarfaraz needs to demonstrate in order to earn a place in the squad. He suggested that even if Sarfaraz may not find a spot in the playing XI, he should still be acknowledged and included in the team.

Sarfaraz Khan’s absence from the national squad is puzzling, considering his remarkable performances and impressive statistics in the Ranji Trophy. With an outstanding record of 982 runs in the 2021-22 season at an average of 122.75 and 556 runs in the subsequent season at an average of 92.66, Sarfaraz has proven his batting prowess.

Gavaskar’s critique suggests that if selectors fail to recognize the efforts of players like Sarfaraz, it raises questions about the purpose and significance of the Ranji Trophy. He argues that it would be more appropriate to state that playing in the IPL alone is sufficient for players to consider themselves suitable for the red-ball format, rendering the domestic tournament redundant.