India Tour of England: BCCI & selectors ‘not ready’ to send Prithvi Shaw to England on SOS of captain Virat Kohli

India Tour of England - No Prithvi Shaw for England Tour: The BCCI is not ready to pay heed to Virat Kohli's request to send Prithvi Shaw to England.
India Tour of England - No Prithvi Shaw for England Tour: The BCCI is not ready to pay heed to Virat Kohli's request to send Prithvi Shaw to England.

India Tour of England – No Prithvi Shaw for England Tour: The BCCI is not ready to pay heed to Virat Kohli’s request to send Prithvi Shaw to England. According to the sources, Indian board and selectors have decided neither Prithvi Shaw nor Devdutt Padikkal will be sent to England as a replacement for injured Shubman Gill – until or unless India tour of Sri Lanka is completed.

“Prithvi will be staying in Sri Lanka and complete the six match series till July 26. He has been selected and he should complete the commitments,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

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India Tour of England: BCCI & selectors ‘not ready’ to send Prithvi Shaw to England on SOS of captain Virat Kohli

The Indian team management on June 28 through its administrative manager Girish Dongre had requisitioned for two openers as replacement.

However, chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma till a couple of days back didn’t send any formal reply to that mail but the selection committee wasn’t in a mood to send any replacements with four openers already in the UK.

“Once the Sri Lanka series is over, possibilities could be explored but nothing as of now,” the source said.

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India Tour of England: Why BCCI & selectors are ‘not ready’ to send Prithvi Shaw to England?

The reason that the team management wanted to two openers was because Abhimanyu Easwaran’s technique didnt inspire the highest confidence. More so as reports emerged that he wasn’t comfortable facing the team’s throwdown specialist Raghavendra, aka Raghu.

But BCCI & selectors have their own point of view.

When Prithvi Shaw was not considered in the pool of 24 players who travelled, why should it be any different now? As for Devdutt Padikkal, well, he’s a great talent but doesn’t deserve to be pushed to the wall like this. His time will come”, BCCI sources told the Times of India.

“Why would KL Rahul be treated purely as middle-order batsman when he has opened for India in the past? There should be equal opportunities and equal risk for everyone opening in the UK,” a senior official privy to developments said.

“If Prithvi hasn’t played any long form game since Adelaide what’s the guarantee that he would work some magic if someone like Rahul with 2000 Test runs is thought to be circumspect against Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad with new Dukes,” a former India player opined.

He also questioned why Easwaran should be judged based on training sessions or throwdowns only.

“The captain sits at selection meetings and why didn’t raise a protest when Chetan and co were sending Easwaran to England? Who stopped him from voicing his protest,” he questioned.