Why was Karun Nair dropped? Chief selector gives his explanation

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 01, 2018 17:50 hrs
Karun Nair scored a brilliant 90 to help India A level the series

Karun Nair is one of the top talking points in India today. The Karnataka batsman's exclusion from the squad for the West Indies Tests has raised many eyebrows. Nair was part of the Indian squad for England Tests, but never got a single opportunity and now his omission from the home Tests has baffled a lot of former cricketers who are questioning the selectors decisions making.

Amid all the criticism, BCCI’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has come up with the explanation saying he personally spoke to Nair after the team selection and explained the reasons. "I personally spoke to Karun soon after the selection of the Test Team against the West Indies and also told the ways to make a comeback. The selection committee is very very clear with regard to the communication process," Prasad told PTI on Monday.

India's second ever triple centurion in Tests, Nair was picked in the original squad for the England series but once the team was changed for the last two Tests, it was Hanuma Vihari, who played and impressed everyone with a gutsy half-century and handy off-breaks.

It is widely believed that the Indian team management was not happy with Karun's inclusion in the Test set-up.

Nair, in a recent interview, went on record stating that neither the team management nor the selectors have communicated with him.

However, Prasad said Karun was clearly intimated as to why a certain decision was taken.

"Communication has always been the strong point of this committee. It's really tough to inform any unpleasant news to any player. You need to have valid reasons to explain them about their exclusion though they may not agree with it," the former India stumper said.

Prasad explained that his colleague Devang Gandhi had spoken to the burly middle-order batsman in England when he was not being picked in the playing XI.

"Having said that we are very clear and candid in our communication process . My colleague Devang Gandhi spoke to Karun Nair at length in England to keep him motivated and wait for his opportunities," Prasad said.

The chairman of selectors himself has given the player a pep talk to keep his spirits up.

"Karun is very much in the scheme of things for Test cricket," said Prasad adding that he did motivate the player and told him to wait for his opportunity which is round the corner.

However, the Karnataka batsman previously had spoken about the communication process in England in an interview to Cricbuzz, "We [Nair, the selectors and the team management] haven't had any conversations. Nothing at all. It is difficult, but I haven't gone forth and asked anything, but yeah, we haven't had any conversation."

With Agency Inputs

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