A board of control for cricket in India official has questioned the chief selector MSK Prasad about Ambati Rayudu‘s retirement. Rayudu didn’t find a place in the World Cup squad when he had done all to deserve his place. Furthermore, even when Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar were ruled out during the World Cup, Ambati Rayudu was not given his chance.

It was a tough pill to swallow for Rayudu and he decided to retire from the game. Subsequently, when MSK Prasad attended a press conference to announce India’s squad for the tour of the West Indies, he stated that the selection was done as per the demands of the team management.

MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad (Credits: PTI)

Rayudu was unfortunate.

Prasad revealed that they had backed Ambati Rayudu when he had failed the fitness test.

“There were certain programmes to see Rayudu comes into the setup. We (selection committee) don’t have anything against a particular player. “When Rayadu was picked for the ODIs on the basis of his T20 performance, there was criticism, but we had some thoughts about him.

“When he failed the fitness test, we put him on a fitness programme. Due to certain combinations, he wasn’t picked, it doesn’t make the selection committee biased”, said MSK Prasad.

Subsequently, the BCCI official questioned the selection panel that why a player is selected on the basis of fitness test. The Indian team has made it compulsory for all the players to pass the Yo-Yo test.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu (Credits: BCCI)

“Who decided on the fitness criteria and has there been an official communication on the same? If there were no criteria officially communicated or discussed or approved by the board, how could one fail it?

Seems that the selector didn’t really check all the dimensions before making this statement,” the official questioned.

Rayudu had done all to be in the squad of the World Cup and he was an integral part of the team. Thus, it was a bolt from the blue to see his exclusion from the Indian World Cup team. The right-hander deserved better and had to be the prey of poor management of the team.