India’s chief selector opens up on non-selection of Prithvi Shaw in the Indian squad

The Board of Control for Cricket in India had announced the ODI squad for India’s New Zealand and Bangladesh tours. After the conclusion of the ongoing T20 World Cup, all international teams’ focus will shift to the ODI format keeping in mind the 50-over World Cup that will be played next year in India. Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan have been named captain of India’s T20I and ODI squads respectively for the New Zealand tour, which gets underway on November 18.

With Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul rested, wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant has been appointed as the vice-captain. Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, and Sanju Samson are set to cement their spots in team India. The 22-year-old pace sensation Umran Malik makes a return to the squad while Kuldip Sen has received his maiden call-up.

Prithvi Shaw was expected to be picked, especially after his rampaging form in domestic cricket. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored 285 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 191.27. However, Shaw was once again ignored by the selectors. Amid rising criticism over Shaw’s snub, BCCI chief selector Chetan Sharma broke his silence on the 22-year-old opener’s absence.

Sharma explained that the selectors are ensuring that the players in the fray at present get equal chances and assured that the youngster will earn a call-up. Sharma admitted that they are in constant touch with Prithvi, who is doing nothing wrong at all. He concluded that Shaw is going well and will definitely get his chances very soon.