Players shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose games: Amarnath

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NEW DELHI: Former India batsman Mohinder Amarnath has said that India must look ahead and not allow players, irrespective of their stature, to pick and choose matches and series they want to play.

“They look a settled side with formidable talent in all departments,” Amarnath wrote in his column for The Times of India on Friday. “The bench strength is tremendous and there are several promising players in the domestic set-up as well.

“In such a situation, no player, however big an achiever, is larger than the game. Nobody should be in a position to dictate terms regarding his selection without playing adequate domestic cricket. There is no player anywhere in the world who should be able to tell the team that he wants to choose his matches. It would be an unhealthy trend to start, particularly when there are hundreds of cricketers across India who are toiling in domestic cricket,” he added, without naming anyone.

Since the World Cup in England earlier this year, India have entrusted Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha with the role of wicketkeeper-batsman, with Sanju Samson lately returning to the mix with his selection for the T20I series against the Windies.

“Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson are all very competent and the thrust should be to look forward,” wrote Amarnath.

Saha is currently out with a finger fracture.

Commenting on the three-match T20I series, Amarnath reckoned West Indies are a “contender” despite being without names like Andre Russell.
“This (T20s) is a format that the West Indians have excelled in, but they are without some of their big guns like Andre Russell. The format lends itself to surprise results and can be turned by one star performance, so West Indies are very much a contender,” he opined.
Though Amarnath termed India are in good shape for the upcoming series and beyond, he had his concerns about Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, who are currently recuperating from back injuries.
“The only concern I have is for the injured duo, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. A back injury is always hard to come back from.”

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