"Have to consider things like..."- BCCI Selector breaks silence on Sarafarz Khan's consistent snub from Indian team
The Indian team will be back in action in red-ball cricket on February 9, when they will lock horns with No. 1 ranked Test team Australia for the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India will play their last test series in the ongoing World Test Championship.
They are currently second on the WTC table behind Australia, and the upcoming series is very important for them in order to qualify for the WTC final. Australia is almost through, and if India wins the BGT series 3-0 or 3-1, then we might see these two teams face each other in the WTC final as well in June in England.
Earlier, the Indian selection committee announced the Indian squad for the first two tests, with star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja making his comeback after recovering from a knee injury. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan also got their maiden test call in the squad.
One name that was missing from the team, which surprised many, was Mumbai star batter Sarfaraz Khan. The 25-year-old has been consistently slamming the door of selectors with some incredible consistency at the domestic circuit.
Many expected that Sarfaraz might get his maiden call-up this time around against Australia in the BGT series. But the BCCI didn't pick him again. Sridharan Sharath, who is one of the BCCI's five-member selection panel, has now come up with a statement on Sarfaraz's snub. He said that the 25-year-old is on the radar, but the team's selection largely depends on "team composition."
In an interaction on Sporstar, Sharath said, "He is certainly on our radar. In due course, he will get his due. While picking the team, we have to consider things like composition and balance."
The 25-year-old has also smashed three hundreds for Mumbai in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2022–23. He has scored 126*, 162 and 125 against Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi.