All-rounder Kedar Jadhav has been included in the Indian squad for the last two One Day International (ODI) matches against West Indies.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had on Thursday announced the Indian squad for the last three matches of the five-match ODI series against West Indies, and Jadhav’s name was not there on the list.
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Kedar Jadhav had been out of the Indian team since the Asia Cup final after he suffered a hamstring injury. He was however declared match fit earlier his week and played a Deodhar Trophy match. Upon learning the BCCI decision to not consider him for the 15-member ODI squad for three WI matches, Jadhav had expressed shock.
“I cleared all the fitness tests; I was cleared match fit, which is why I was playing here (Deodhar Trophy),” said Jadhav, adding, “I didn’t know (he was not selected). Obviously, I have to see why they have not picked me.”
After Kedar Jadhav expressed his shock, chief national selector MSK Prasad explained the reason behind his exclusion.
“We did not pick Kedar because of his history of fitness. There have been occasions earlier when he has come back fit and then broke down, a case in point being the Asia Cup last month,” Prasad told PTI.
“Actually, we were thinking that if India A won today, then Kedar would have got another match, which would have given us a fair assessment of his match fitness. Maybe we could have added him as an additional player (in Indian team) before the fourth ODI as the Deodhar final is on Saturday. Players need to understand that there is a process that we follow while selecting the team,” Prasad added.