The Indian team is set to tour Bangladesh in December 2022 for three ODI and two-match test series against the host. The squad for the ODI match has already been announced, and the start batter Sanju Samson was again ignored by the Indian selectors. The Indian selectors also ignored Shubhman Gill in the ODI squad; however, his performances have been overwhelming since his debut.
Looking at this issue, former Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria lashed out at BCCI for overlooking Sanju Samson in the upcoming series against Bangladesh. Earlier, Sanju Samson was selected in the T20I series against New Zealand but hadn’t played any match; however, he had played a single ODI game against New Zealand.
He mentioned that BCCI also overlooked Ambati Rayudu and Unmukt Chand and ended their career very shortly, and they are also treating Sanju in the same way. He also cited that Sanju has shown good batting performances whenever he has the opportunity.
“Had Sanju Samson gotten these many chances, he would have made a name for himself in international cricket. The poor guy has been crying as he has to sit out. Shikhar Dhawan has no answer, and neither does the team management. It is shameless,” said Kaneria.
He also mentioned Rayudu also suffered the same issues, and Indian selectors overlooked him in the 2019 ODI World Cup despite his excellent performance.
“Ambati Rayudu was another player who suffered a lot due to such selections. The team management played with his career by not giving him enough chances. Then there is Unmukt Chand, who has moved to the USA to play cricket. There are more such players who weren’t given opportunities at the right time,” Kaneria said.
Further talking on this, he suggested they should refrain from taking these anonymous decisions if BCCI wants to win the ICC trophy.
“India can’t win ICC trophies if they continue to make unfair decisions, adding that teams are now being picked on ‘personal liking.’ Teams are now being formed based on personal liking. Giving more on more chances to the player, changing the positions of others just to ensure that the particular player scores runs and doesn’t get dropped,” the Pakistani spinner further added.
Unmukt Chand moved to the USA even after winning the U-19 World Cup for the Indian team in 2012; however, Ambati Rayudu is still playing in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings.