In a recent three-match T20I series, Team India defeated South Africa 2-1 to win the series. This was the team’s penultimate bilateral matchup before the T20 World Cup, which will begin on October 22.
The Indian team management has been experimenting with their T20I roster over the last year, notably with the bowling positions. India, therefore, had a wide range of choices while selecting the 15-member team for the T20 World Cup.
The BCCI tended to field various squads for different forms, often at the same event, as the number of players sharply increased.
It’s A Good Headache To Have For Indian Selectors: Salman Butt
India’s Test team and limited-overs side played in England and Sri Lanka at the same time last year; earlier this year, an Indian team led by Hardik Pandya played Ireland in a two-match T20I series while the Test squad, under the direction of Rohit Sharma (and later Jasprit Bumrah), got ready for the fifth Test against England’s rescheduled schedule in Edgbaston.
Salman Butt, a former captain of Pakistan, was questioned by a fan on YouTube if having so many players available causes confusion and impasse among the selectors and team management. Butt stood up for the Indian think tank.
“Apparently, there are more benefits to it. India is one of the biggest economies, it’s one of the biggest markets. Aapke consumers sabse zyada hote hain toh anything sells. Sab cheezein theek-thaak bik jaati hai.
Aap dekhe na, flop movies me bhi kisi ko nuksaan nahi hota India me, kyunki itni dafa dekhe jaate hain, itne numbers hain logon ke (If you have more consumers, anything sells. Even flop movies in India work well because there are so many people),” Butt began.
“Practically speaking, it’s an asset. Agar aapko confusion ho rahi hai selection me, it’s a good headache. Aapki 3 teams hain, ek Test khel rahi hoti hai, ek T20 ya ODI khel rahi hoti hai aur ‘A’ team bhi khel rahi hoti hai.
Ye ek blessing hai. (If you are having confusion in your selection, it’s a good headache. You have 3 teams, one is playing Test, other ODIs/T20Is, and then you have the ‘A’ team playing as well. This is a blessing),” said Butt.
The former captain of Pakistan said that the Ramiz Raja-led PCB might take similar action as well, and he expressed displeasure that no action had been done in this regard.
“Ye hamaare numbers me bhi ho sakta hai. Par hamaare 2 saal ho gaye hain, naa hamne A ka koi tour karaaya hai naa U19 ka (This can happen with our numbers as well. But it has been 2 years, neither did we have an ‘A’ tour or an U19 tour),” Butt said.
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