MSK Prasad reveals why Mayank Agarwal was ignored for WI tour despite World Cup call-up

first_img Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 16:31 IST Mayank Agarwal has to go back and play domestic cricket and prove his mettle. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will play 3 T20s, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests in West Indies from August 3-30Mayank Agarwal has not been selected in India’s squad for West Indies tourMayank was called in to replace all-rounder Vijay Shankar in India’s squad for World Cup 2019He was flown in as a replacement for the injured Vijay Shankar on the insistence of the team management during the World Cup and now Mayank Agarwal is not a part of the ODI team for the West Indies series. While an opener being called in for a middle-order all-rounder was no less a surprise, his exclusion for the team for the Windies series comes as a bigger shocker just when one thought the selectors would look forward to try and groom players with an eye on the 2023 World Cup.Commenting on the whole jigsaw that saw Rishabh Pant being first called in to replace opener Shikhar Dhawan and then opener Mayank called in to replace all-rounder Vijay Shankar, chief selector M.S.K. Prasad put it on the demand of the team management and the written communication that came to them from England during the showpiece event.”In between any series I don’t do press conference and that has led to speculations. When Dhawan got injured, we already had a third opener in KL. We didn’t have a left hander at top so the team management had requested for a left-hander and we had no option other than Pant. It confused many why middle-order came in for opener. Again why an opener for Vijay Shankar.”When Shankar was injured, Rahul had a big fall at the boundary so there was a medical emergency on whether he will continue or not. At that time a written communication was given that a back-up opener was needed. That is when we went to Mayank,” he explained.advertisementIANS had already reported during the showpiece event that it was the team management which had asked for Mayank to be flown in. “If you see the record he had during the one-day series against the A’ teams, you will see that he scored 287 runs in four innings with two hundred. Not to forget his 151 against Leicestershire in the warm-up game. That series was also played in June and July and the general thought is that he is versatile and can adapt well,” the source had explained.And now, Mayank has to go back and play domestic cricket and prove his mettle.Also Read | India tour of West Indies: Saha, Rohit back in India Test squad, Dhawan returns to ODI sideAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow MSK Prasad MSK Prasad reveals why Mayank Agarwal was ignored for WI tour despite World Cup call-upThe selection panel of the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the three Indian squads (ODIs, T20Is and Tests) for the upcoming tour of the West Indies which starts from August 3 in Florida.advertisementlast_img

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