Selectors unhappy about Dhoni leading India against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup

India had made as many as five changes to their side in the dead-rubber clash with Afghanistan.

Dhoni had led India against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2018 | Getty

BCCI’s selection committee led by MSK Prasad are said to be unhappy with the team management's decision to rest five regular players from the playing XI during the Asia Cup 2018 against Afghanistan.

India had made as many as five changes to their side in the dead-rubber clash with Afghanistan. KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed were drafted into the playing XI in place of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal. Veteran campaigner MS Dhoni had led India in Rohit’s absence.

"The selectors are not pleased that wholesale changes were rung in for the match and both stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan sat out with MS Dhoni forced to be captain again, out of nowhere," a top BCCI source told India Today.

It was Dhoni’s 200th ODI for India as a captain. The match had ended in a last-ball tie after Afghanistan pulled things back in the latter half of India’s innings.

Report also claims that Indian captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma and chief selector MSK Prasad have been called for a meeting with the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and BCCI officials to assess India's performance on the tours of South Africa, England and in the Asia Cup.

There were quite a few Test matches in England showed up instances when the team management was not entirely happy with the squad provided to them.

"The captain says he has nothing to do with Karun Nair's dropping and it's a decision made by selectors. Wasn't he part of the selection meet when the squad for England tour and for the West Indies series chosen?" the source further revealed.


By Salman Anjum - 08 Oct, 2018

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