Veteran Indian all-rounder –Yusuf Pathan has been dropped from the Baroda squad for the upcoming quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018, starting with the 1st Quarter-final between Hyderabad and Karnataka at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on 21 February.
Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) officials revealed that Yusuf’s poor show in the last six matches of the tournament forced the state body to drop him and give a chance to another player for the crucial game which is scheduled to play against Saurashtra on 22 February in Delhi.
According to a report in TNN, a BCA official said, “Yusuf played six matches in the tournament but didn't perform well. So, it was decided to drop him and give chance to another player. His poor performance is the only reason behind leaving him out.”
It is also learned that the two selectors at BCA were against dropping Yusuf, believing the winning combination should be retained for the quarterfinal, but the other three selectors opined that the all-rounder should be dropped, eventually he has been left out after consulting the coach Jacob Martin.
The 35-year-old, who will be replaced by Akshay Brahmbhatt, scored only 79 runs from the six matches he played in the tournament with a highest score of 28 while bagging one wicket.
The knockouts of the Vijay Hazare trophy starts from 21st February with the final to be held on 27 February.