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Former India star reveals being kicked out amid T20 World Cup selection debate.

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The former India all-rounder also argued that selectors shouldn’t judge a player based solely on one strong season in the Indian Premier League.

Irfan Pathan, a former India all-rounder, has recounted being booted out of the team due to an injury. Irfan made his India debut in 2003 and went on to play 29 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 24 T20Is between 2003 and 2012. His career was plagued by chronic knee issues. While he last played for India in 2012, he continued to play domestic cricket till 2019, hoping to get called up again someday. However, in January 2020, he announced his retirement from all aspects of the game.

In response to a question on “recent bias,” Irfan criticized former India opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who was the chairman of selectors at the time, for pushing him out of the team due to an injury.

“I was a member of the Indian squad when Srikanth sir was the selector. I was hurt, was booted out, and never played for India. No, that is the truth. And I have no reservations about it. I have a lot of respect for you. That then, the thinking was different,” Irfan Pathan, IPL official TV broadcaster’s commentator and cricket expert, remarked on the Star Sports Press Room Show, Ticket to the World Cup.

Irfan explained how selectors would often overlook a player’s previous match-winning performances after a terrible tour or an injury.

The 39-year-old also argued that selectors should not judge a player based just on one strong season in the IPL.

“However, by the 2020s, Wriddhiman Saha had been out of the team for over a year owing to an injury. What occurred when he became fit? He was selected for the XI. A year is a long time. However, we do not want to undervalue what the Indian team did for him prior to his injury. We want to value that. So, when someone sits on the selection committee, remember what he did for the Indian team before to the IPL.

I’m not talking too far away. You believe we should pick certain players simply because they are performing well in the IPL. But don’t forget the guys (who have done well in the past),” he said.

I’m not talking too far away. You believe we should pick certain players simply because they are performing well in the IPL. But don’t forget the guys (who have done well in the past),” he said.

 

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