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‘You shouldn’t pick him. That was our policy’: Ex-chief selector blasts Team India star | Cricket News

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The Indian cricket team selectors have brought back big names in the team like KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer for the Asia Cup 2023 beginning from August 30, 2023.

Team India, KL Rahul, ODI World Cup 2023

Indian cricket team during the ODI series against Australia (Image: AP)

After the selection of the Indian cricket team squad for the Asia Cup 2023, Rohit Sharma and Co. will gather in Bengaluru in a seven-day training camp, before flying to Sri Lanka, for the multination Asian tournament. Big names like KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer have returned to the team, whereas, leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been dropped. As per the selectors, the probable Team India squad for the ODI World Cup 2023, will depend upon the players selected in the Asia Cup. 

3 things you need to know 

  • The Asia Cup 2023 begins from August 30, 2023 
  • Team India will kickstart the Asia Cup 2023 campaign against Pakistan on September 2, 2023 
  • Sri Lanka are the defending champions of the Asia Cup 

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K Srikkanth’s blasting comment on Indian star 

(Team India batter KL Rahul raises his bat after half century / Image: BCCI)

Former Indian cricket team opener and chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth has come up with a blasting statement on Indian batter KL Rahul and criticised the selectors for picking him for the Asia Cup 2023. While speaking on his YouTube channel, Kris Srikkanth said: 

It’s being said that KL Rahul has a niggle. If you have a niggle, don’t pick him in the squad. If a player is not fit during selection, you shouldn’t pick him. That was our policy. On the day of selection, if a player is not fit, don’t select him.

If you want to pick him for the World Cup, select him for the World Cup. That’s a different issue. Now they are saying that he might play after a couple of matches and that’s why we have picked Sanju Samson as a travelling reserve. What’s all this. 

You’re playing Asia Cup which is also a premier tournament. We haven’t qualified for the Asia Cup (final) over the last two editions. You have to qualify for the final and perform well. They are still unsure about the World Cup squad. You’re confused. You need to have something called selection policy. I am not trying to take any credit but let me tell you what we (our selection panel) used to have. 

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KL Rahul not available for the first two to three matches of the Asia Cup 2023

KL Rahul returned to the Indian cricket team after recovering from the back injury he sustained during the Indian Premier League. However, the right-handed batter will not be available for selection in the first two-three matches of the tournament as, he is carrying a small niggle, which is different from his injury.  

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